This piece was created to address Artistic Censorship.
Still as prevalent today as in our past. Effecting literature, music, video and of course visual and performance art.
I chose Michelangelo's 'David' as a starting point. Though "David' was adored as soon as he was unveiled, and even moved from his planned location, on top of the Florence cathedral, to the ground to be more closely admired, Michelangelo's 'David' still experienced censorship.
In 1857, the Grand Duke of Tuscany surprised England's Queen Victoria with a replica of Michelangelo's 'David'.
Being severely offended by his nudity, it was ordered that a plaster fig leaf be used to conceal his offending parts.
I then decided to add text, since literature is one of the most censored artistic forms.
I included vertical bars to represent the prison sentences of many for expressing their opinions in censored societies.
And finally 'censor marks' to represent the constant redaction of information allowed to the public.
© Shannon Sadulsky 2019-2020
24" x 32"
Image transfer, collage and Acrylic on Gessoed Panel.