Separation

Artist: Jane Ashe

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Refugee children and their parents are being separated as a deterrent for entering the United States for the sake of a cruel and inhumane immigration policy. Without the care of their parents a child will fear for her life. It is a trauma that will affect that child’s ability to form close relationships as adults. Children do not understand the separation and can feel abandoned or punished. In short, this separation goes against the most basic human connection. It is torture to both child and parent.

I wanted the images to be large and simple to convey the depth and magnitude of the crucifixions, that they would be nearly equal in size. I wanted to show the essence of the parent/child bond, the child cradled in his father’s arms. The yellow on the cross and halos around the father and child represent the sacred, and that what is most sacred is being sacrificed for an evil purpose.