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Thomas Chalkley reiterated that, “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.” Is there a limit to the ways by which the human race can continually ignore and contribute to global issues for the sake of personal gain and egocentric pleasures? By conducting research on political issues, such as the emerging conflict in Syria, the continual Fukushima disaster, illegal whaling, deforestation of rainforests, global warming and global un-sustainability, I will be posing a question about human’s involvement in these problems and our willingness to avoid such topics for the reasons of, “there is nothing I can do about it,” and “this has nothing to do with me now.” Art is the purist form of protest; with this, I plan to call to attention, humanity’s collective ability to keep our eyes closed and our mouths shut. Through the use of ceramic material, such as low-fire white clay, and various found objects, I explore the act of ignorance and how this impacts people’s daily lives and possibly, what solutions are available. By creating a connection between the global world and the local world, I attempt to engage the viewer in a dialogue that will open our eyes and verbalize our thoughts.

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