Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

The Political Leadership Debate


Hand Pulled Serigraph ~ 19 Stencils

2008 ~ 12 x 19″ ~ 31 x 48 cm

Edition 54 ~ artist proofs 6

This political art features a funny fox, a rat, a weasel, and a snake. They are all standing in front of microphones and debating current affairs.

This political art had a very specific moment of inspiration. I was listening to a radio interview with a politician one day. Gradually I stopped what I was doing, and just stared at the radio slack jawed. What the politician was saying bore no resemblance to the truth; it wasn’t even a shade of gray, what he was saying was simply not true. He was speaking forcefully, and peppering his dialogue with words like absolutely, and of course. If I had not known better, I would have been sure based on his conviction, that this politician was speaking the truth. The interviewer let him speak without interruption for quite a while. Finally when the politician finished what he had to say, there was a noticeable pause. Then the interviewer said, “Can you explain where you are coming from with that, because history does not bear up what you are saying.”
As with any stereotype, a small minority ends up painting all politicians with the same brush.
This political art is meant to be humorous, but at the same time to make a point. Truth should mean something, there is not your truth, and my truth, there is only one truth. Opinions and perspectives on how to interpret the truth can vary, the facts should not be changed to suit any politicians political views.
This artwork is not dedicated to all politicians, only to those few who knowingly mislead. No animals were directly harmed in the creation of this political art, but I do extend my heartfelt apologies to any foxes, rats, weasels, or snakes out there who may be offended by my callous use of stereotypes.

This serigraph has participated in the following International and National Exhibits;

2011 Eccentricities – Scarborough Arts’ 26th Annual Juried Exhibit, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, National
2010 1st Annual AIRS Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artisit, Kelowna B.C. Canada, International
2010 Repressed V: Free to Speak, Gallery 5, Richmond Virginia, USA
2009 What’s the Big Idea, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook IL, USA
2009 Lines into Shapes, Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado, USA