i've been working on this painting for 3 days (which is probably the longest i've spent on one piece ever), but i'm happy with the outcome. the painting is about the state of education in the US, which is a bit deplorable (as one can tell from my not so subtle combination of images). each and every image in the painting help to tell the narrative. the patterns (taken from a dress mindy wears and different wallpapers on the web) give the piece a quilt-like quality that provide a solid 'americana' base for all of the images. i'm always looking for ways to include my own heritage, place, and people into my work, and the idea of my assemblages resembling a quilt seems to fit the bill. the students are all money green, because well, money just had to find its way into the piece, however subtly it may be. i hate standardized education. i hate it because students don't learn anything other than how to be a drone. i teach independently through arts organizations and non-profits who support alternative forms of education. my goal is to teach kids to think for themselves. to experiment. to discover. regurgitation of information is worthless, especially without being able to put that information into practice. the US school system fails miserably. below are details of most of the stencils, with reasons why i used them.