Honorable Mention
Stephanie Lawton
How Far Is Freedom?

I decided to choose the ad printed in The Royal Gazette titled "Five Guineas Reward." I chose this advertisement because it had the biggest effect on me when I read it. I could relate to the children knowing the bond there is between a mother and child. A mother's unconditional love for her children is very powerful. The idea of a human treating another human as if they were property is very immoral to me, and at times hard to conceptualize. By reading actual runaway advertisements, the hardships and struggles that the individuals who ran away had to live with and endure is made more real in my head, and not just something that is written in a text book. I can understand how a mother, knowing the life that her children will face, would steal away her children and run away from a long life of misery in an unjust system of human enslavement. When I read the advertisement I recognized the dehumanizing references made about Violet, the mother who ran away, as a sign of the ideas of the time period having to do with racial superiority. By degrading her and calling her a "wench" it makes her seem less human. The way she is referred to in the runaway ad is in a way a glimpse into her life, the daily racial prejudices she must face only makes you feel for her even more. I understand her plight, as I am the child of a mother who would undoubtedly go to any lengths for me.

After I chose the ad I came up with the idea of a white slave master looking down at them which symbolizes his "ownership" of them and regard to them as property. Then the female slave is holding a key in one hand and unlocking the chains that represent her enslavement. This gesture symbolizes their self emancipation, along with the melting chains that the children are holding as well. Then underneath I wrote "In search of self emancipation: How far is freedom?" My work is pretty much summed up in those few small words, even though they are free from slavery they are not really free in a society laden with racial prejudices and ideas of racial superiority.

2006 Artwork

Caroline Torres (1)
Allyza Lustig (2)
Olivia Horvath (3)
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Cassie Cartaginese (H)
Adam DePaolo (H)
Stephanie Lawton (H)
Sisi Li (H)
Carolyne Vanegas (H)
Megan Wachs (H)
Jasmine Whiting (H)
Noah Woodley-Aitchison (H)
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Max Caulfield
Andrew Chase
Ben Chehebar
Nick Conte
Sophie Hall
Elana Hoffman
Mary Kate Kelly
Tina Liu
Ashlie Perry
Caroline Pietsch
Kara Rothschild
Diane Saraiva
Hannah Sindorf
Yuriko Takano