People’s opinions are influenced by so many things and pure objective feedback is a rare commodity.
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The projects I have created for the last 22 years are the direct result of having been raised overseas as a resident guest in other people's lands.
From a historical perspective, images were often used to glorify a God or successful citizens (who served as an example of behavior that one should emulate) or to celebrate a hero (who sacrificed in service to the state). The relatively high cost and specialized skills needed for the production of imagery precluded the creation of artworks that challenged the existing powers.