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"Finger Pointing and the Culture of Blame and Fault in America"

Constance Edwards Scopelitis's avatar Constance Edwards Scopelitis

One of my many grandmothers taught me, “If you are going to be a finger-pointer you should be prepared to confront the remaining three fingers of your pointing hand, pointing straight back at you.” This work is about my own ease in hiding under a security blanket of anonymity while blaming others. As an American I am a shameless partisan. I am certain this has contributed to the current culture of blame and fault we live in. Two of my drawings have two halves symbolizing the division of our very selves. How have I, a person with voting rights come to live in a country where simple background checks for owning firearms cannot become law? How have I an American, gotten away with hiding unidentified under the cloak and protection of the constitution? These drawings confront enormous issues of conscience that confound my mind and spirit. The image of a “hoodie” represents the shroud I wear of utter heartbreak and mourning knowing we justify in America the “standing of one’s ground”. The symbolism of a shroud or hooded garment could represent a monk, a priest, a nomad, a Muslim woman, the grim reaper, or a teenager in the wrong neighborhood. The hiding of one’s facial identity, could be for reasons of protection, humility, grief, warmth, physical abnormalities, committing crimes, or anonymity from blame and blaming. Currently, social media encourages bold finger pointing and bullying in a false environment of anonymity. The US House and Senate have accomplished absolutely nothing because of divisive blame games. The unexamined life has created belief that one’s addictions manifested because of bad parents, bad partners, bad bosses, and bad luck. My hopes are to visually capture the contemplative art viewer. Will the observer enter these drawings and honestly confront those three extra fingers pointing back at them as they too, blame everyone else for everything else?

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inches
  • Medium: graphite on paper
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 30 inches