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The Great Depression

The Great Depression

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silkscreen on BFK Rives, wooden frame
h: 57, w: 76.5 cm (sheet) / h: 62, w: 81.5, d: 3.5 cm (frame)


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[Artist Statement]

Let's Go on a Trip!

Suddenly, life has changed. I have stopped taking the subway, going to my studio, walking around the city, seeing movies at the theater, and meeting up with my friends. I spend my days in quarantine, going outside only to shop for food or to get a little fresh air. Projects and trips have all been postponed. The city has become the new epicenter of the pandemic and life has been made more difficult for all of its inhabitants. Many people have lost their jobs and are getting desperate about paying bills. News from the world outside is far from encouraging. Entire countries have closed their borders. The US presidential response in itself has been a disaster. I think about what I can do to remain as mentally creative as usual while stuck in my Manhattan apartment. God gave me the gift of transforming feelings into visual art. And using this power, I have started to make a new series of drawings: an imaginary trip in the midst of life under quarantine. The result is like a diary of insights about my past, my present daily life, and the future. I have been experimenting with complex digital techniques to produce simple black-and-white drawings. These original artworks will hopefully be exhibited at the end of the year in a physical museum. In the meantime, enjoy this little preview!

Oscar Oiwa


The Great Depression
The pandemic is now a little more under control in the NY State. The mortality rate has dropped to around 200 from a peak of 1000 dead per day. Now a second crisis is coming. Newspapers say that 33 million people in the US have filed for unemployment benefits in the last 6 weeks. It translates to 1 in 5 American workers suddenly without a job. Public schools and food banks all over the city have been struggling to distribute enough food. This drawing is a modern version of an iconic photo shot by Margaret Bourke-White in 1937's recession.
(Oscar Oiwa / 12.5.2020)

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