Contrasting Arrivals

Contrasting Arrivals —This painting depicts that not all people who came to America had the same experience.  

Those coming from Europe saw the Statue of Liberty as a welcome to a new start and new life filled with promise.  

Enslaved people from Africa, arriving before the Statue of Liberty was erected—and long after, experienced fear and uncertainty; mistreatment; pain and suffering; and hard labor without pay.  They had longing desires to return to the homes from whence they were imprisoned.  

The fog is used to depict a separation of time and the lack of clarity of their situations. And the stormy skies over the Africans forecasts hundreds of years of unrest for their existence in America.

This piece measures 24 X 30 and is framed. It is valued at $2880.