Sunday, September 7, 2008

An Art Project by Suzanne Broughel

This is a project I began during the summer of 2008, while a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  In the weeks leading up to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions which nominated Barack Obama and John McCain as presidential candidates, I was thinking about hope vs. cynicism, inclusion vs. erasure.  I found images on Ebay of vintage buttons from the Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton presidential campaigns.  I altered these images - removing the candidates' identities - to create new campaign buttons, which I am distributing to the public free of charge.  Upon choosing a button, the recipient is given a certificate informing them of the candidate's missing identity, along with this blog link.

Below are images of the ten button designs, along with the certificate text for each button.

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