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Under the Thumb
24 in(122 cm x 61 cm)
It all began with a mural in the Shaw section of Washington, DC. I captured an image of this one detail: a thumb. Such a simple image, superimposed on the rich, textured background of an actual building. Street art. Now that the image has been removed from its original context and repurposed as a layered form, with lines of stitching, its meaning has changed. It’s no longer part of a body’s image---it’s a protest about the lack of DC statehood and the thumb of Congress. Street art.