Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Speaking Truth to Power


Hand Pulled Serigraph ~ 15 stencils

2016 ~ 4 x 6” ~ 10 x 15 cm

Edition  55, artist proofs  5

Speaking truth to power. A nervous rat is looking up at the bottom of a shoe.

There really should be, and by definition is only one truth. Unfortunately today black and white issues are becoming shades of grey, depending on the perspective and media feed of the viewer. To an extent powerful people have always exerted their influence over what is truth, probably going back to prehistory. What is different now from our recent past is the way people react to being caught in a lie. Instead of being embarrassed and apologetic, the person caught in the lie, doubles down and lashes out at the truth teller.

In the age of social media it should be easier to hold people to account. Sadly, disinformation and polarization has tossed a monkey wrench into the cogs of that wheel. I hope somehow, in the end speaking truth to power, and truth itself will win out, or at least take a lead in the information race. What a wonderful world that would be!