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Hands Outstretched

By Hilary Beall

Honorable Mention, Visual (2D), Create | Encounter 2022

Artist Statement:

The piece depicts a faceless man, seated on the ground, shoeless, hands joined together and outstretched, palms facing upward toward the viewer. This work evokes a reckoning of our nation’s treatment of the poor, especially in the midst of a pandemic— do we see the suffering in front of our faces, or do we ignore them? Do others remain faceless, do we turn away and focus inwardly in the face of suffering? This image prompts the viewer to examine their action on behalf of others, or lack thereof.

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