Mariona Barkus | Sociopolitical
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Sociopolitical

Without humor there is no hope…

Since I began making art over thirty years ago, I have used image and text — often laced with humor — to express social and political commentary. Media include sculpture, digital prints, and artist’s books. Since 1981, my Illustrated History series has chronicled some of the comic absurdities of contemporary American life in the form of postcard folios, broadsides, and poster installations.

This work covers a wide range of issues — the travails of air travel, ecological disasters in the making, war, the narrowing of individual freedoms, corporate exploitation of workers, co-optation of feminism by the fashion and plastic surgery industries, and consumerism. More personal works are embodiments of an ongoing inner dialogue.