The Evil Of Segregation In Paula Wittner's Trade

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The Evil of Segregation Art is much more than paint on a canvas. Far too often does the media and society portray art in a set format and manner. From television advertisements to labels on everyday products that we use, art is funneled at us constantly. There is no set meaning and intention for art. A unique quality about art is you get what you want out of it. Art never in its history has forced an opinion upon someone. While the meaning of art is left opened ended to people, art often serves a greater purpose. Artists create art to comment on the human condition and daily issues we as a human race encounter. Issues about racial status and human sexuality are one of the many subjects artists derive their inspiration from. Paula Wittner’s…show more content…
Trade seems to be commenting upon issues of race and discrimination in the world. Paula Wittner’s Trade even though created in 2005 comments on the problem between segregation. Even though segregation has seemed to disappear within the past 20 years, Paula’s piece is a reminder of segregation’s dark history. Her piece seems to be a reminder to people that keeping good relations between races is important. Along with reminding people of good values it is also a reminder that there is no room for racism. Trade in particular shows a greater meaning by having a black man trade a piece of cake with white women. The irony of this act is that any contact between a black male and white female during the height of racism in the world would have been strictly forbidden. The fact that Wittner has displayed this pervious “forbidden act” is a reminder of the corruption society once had. With the painting being a bit on the blurry side, the possibility of a greater meaning behind this is likely. The painting could have possibly been created a bit blurry and not completely perfect to comment on the uncertain status of segregation. The painting ties directly with the overall problem of segregation and racism the world
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