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The Match

The Match

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Published by Danielle Perina
This was a project from my illustration class in college.

We were given a controversial article to read which detailed the struggle between First Nations People and the Canadian Government over land, forestry and logging rights. The goal here was to create a sort of personal social commentary about the subject but to present this in an arresting illustration.

After reading the article, I had a difficult time coming to any definite conclusion about which side I agreed or disagreed with more. Both parties made some reasonable points and both parties made some outrageous claims as well.

The government was in favour of development (suprise, suprise) and creating more housing and jobs while the First Nations People were fighting for full ownership of the land as a means of retribution to their culture for the the abuse they suffered at the hands of colonization.

We all know it is a human trait to feel the need to consume, absorb and declare ownership of...well EVERYTHING!!! We feel fully entitled to this abstract notion that we can in fact "own" a piece of land and to me this is just so strange and absurd!

I guess what I was trying to present in my illustrative statement is that mankind is foolish and selfish and that these two completely different and opposing forces were also not exempt from these flaws no matter who or what they stood for. The subject of the land itself and what might be the best environmentally speaking, no longer had any place in either agenda. This was a battle of the ego, a squabbling match between men whose foolhearty focus had been reduced to strategizing ways to gain leverage against and outrank the other.
This was a project from my illustration class in college.

We were given a controversial article to read which detailed the struggle between First Nations People and the Canadian Government over land, forestry and logging rights. The goal here was to create a sort of personal social commentary about the subject but to present this in an arresting illustration.

After reading the article, I had a difficult time coming to any definite conclusion about which side I agreed or disagreed with more. Both parties made some reasonable points and both parties made some outrageous claims as well.

The government was in favour of development (suprise, suprise) and creating more housing and jobs while the First Nations People were fighting for full ownership of the land as a means of retribution to their culture for the the abuse they suffered at the hands of colonization.

We all know it is a human trait to feel the need to consume, absorb and declare ownership of...well EVERYTHING!!! We feel fully entitled to this abstract notion that we can in fact "own" a piece of land and to me this is just so strange and absurd!

I guess what I was trying to present in my illustrative statement is that mankind is foolish and selfish and that these two completely different and opposing forces were also not exempt from these flaws no matter who or what they stood for. The subject of the land itself and what might be the best environmentally speaking, no longer had any place in either agenda. This was a battle of the ego, a squabbling match between men whose foolhearty focus had been reduced to strategizing ways to gain leverage against and outrank the other.

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Published by: Danielle Perina on Jul 23, 2009
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