The entire sheep flock are all the same except that their wool is different colors, white, brown and black. The bucolic scene of sheep in a field is meant to be charming, and peaceful. The only member of the sheep flock that is not the same as all the others is different, only because it is standing at a different angle. It’s a perspective thing, if you shift your perspective, you can see that they are really all the same.
When I was originally fermenting the idea of this serigraph, in the spring of 2020 with Covid so alarming and new, I originally thought the piece would revolve around Social Distancing. Then there were the heart-breaking deaths of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor, among others. Suddenly it became very important to create a black lives matter art work representing the ridiculousness of separating individuals based on silly things like color.
We need to be kinder to each other, to treat everyone with respect, and to level the playing field so that everyone has the same chance at a good life. As one of my favorite people, the completely nonpolitical Dolly Parton charmingly put it when asked, “Of course Black Lives Matter, you didn’t think our little white asses were the only ones that matter, did you?”