A Reasonable Response

STATE|meant 2020

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Artist: Rachel De Nys

Materials: sterling silver, copper

Dimensions:  18"

Beneficiary: The state of Florida now allows convicted felons to vote. In order to do so they must have paid all fines and fees that were part of their sentence. Many of these returning citizens are unable to afford those fees. The Amendment 4 Fines and Fees Campaign is raising money to pay those fees and allow these individuals to cast their vote.

Artist Statement: 2020 has been a year of intense and painful shifts. As we look at the current world around us, we are all forced to be honest with ourselves and each other about privilege, oppression, economic realities, and the fact that our very proximity to others could be dangerous. In the face of all of these things sometimes an emphatic No is the only rational statement we can make--to the world, or to ourselves.