By Robert Copithorne
Silicone Seal Size 46.8" by 33.1"
Poster Mounted on 1" Card
Delivery Time: 1 week within Alberta; Up to 6 weeks outside Alberta
Robert is an Edmonton based visual artist and design student. He is in his final year at MacEwan (finally) he has specialized in illustration, pursuing his passion for design and visual arts. Interests include illustration, painting, creating comics and watching drag shows.
So many aboriginal women are faced with adversities in Canadian society. Since they are constantly under-represented and mistreated, I wanted to create a piece that tried to understand a part of their struggle. The illustration was inspired by two speakers that told us about their experiences living with HIV and as aboriginal women. The illustration is about how aboriginal people, specifically women, do not have the access to the same sexual education that many people take for granted. It shows a woman in traditional clothing looking at this school. She is unable to pass the silicone barrier and is trapped in a bleak, uninformed city. I hope that this illustration helps people understand how oppression has impacted indigenous peoples' health and that something must be done within education to help prevent tragedies in the future.
The Ribbon Rouge Arts Illustration Mentorship program was powered by the Graphic Designers of Canada and sponsored by ATB Financial.
These illustrations show case art created by students from art programs at the University of Alberta, Macewan University, ECAD and Pixel Blue. These students compiled ethnographic information from former female sex trade workers and intravenous users living with HIV in Edmonton as well as from the point of view of a female transgender contributor in Edmonton. This collection shares their stories through visual arts.
2016 Theme - #sexolution
The Evolution of Sex
An exploration of how our notions of sexuality have evolved from heterosexuality and rare often derogatory mentions about homosexuality & bisexuality, to a broader understanding and knowledge about LGBTQQIP2SAA. It also tackles themes about one of the most pressing human rights issues facing Canadians today - the high rate of sexual violence against women. It is an exploration of the need for an evolution in our hearts to move away from harmful rape culture, social norms and, in some cases, criminal laws, in order to reduce the transmission of HIV.
Every human being is entitled to the highest attainable standard of health, privacy, liberty and security, freedom of expression and assembly, gender equality, freedom from violence and arbitrary arrest, free choice of employment and just and favourable conditions of work, non-discrimination, and the prohibition of forced labour, child labour and trafficking.
Irrespective of choice of employment, sexuality & gender
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