Keep Families Together by Ryan Oakley

Design By:
She is a multimedia artist creating anything from digital works of art to traditional drawings and oil paintings. She is inspired by comic book art and the the exciting images of urban life which is often reflected in her work. As a young child she always could sense a discrepancy between how she saw herself and the images that were filtered through everyday media outlets like magazines and television shows. It was as though “ I was limited to these images; images that did not represent me in anyway.” The notion of beauty and what it seen as valuable is formed through a narrow scope leaving those who are not represented feeling inadequate. To do this day I wrestle with these ideas exploring themes such as femininity, identity and inadequacy. Currently, Ryan is completing a Pre-Medicine post baccalaureate program at Washington University at St. Louis and hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
Design By:
She is a multimedia artist creating anything from digital works of art to traditional drawings and oil paintings. She is inspired by comic book art and the the exciting images of urban life which is often reflected in her work. As a young child she always could sense a discrepancy between how she saw herself and the images that were filtered through everyday media outlets like magazines and television shows. It was as though “ I was limited to these images; images that did not represent me in anyway.” The notion of beauty and what it seen as valuable is formed through a narrow scope leaving those who are not represented feeling inadequate. To do this day I wrestle with these ideas exploring themes such as femininity, identity and inadequacy. Currently, Ryan is completing a Pre-Medicine post baccalaureate program at Washington University at St. Louis and hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.

Proceeds Support:
Proceeds support DreamCorps, a social justice accelerator founded by Van Jones that advances economic, environmental, and criminal justice solutions.

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Artist Statement

I was inspired by the a heartbreaking video of a mother and daughter being reunited after fleeing their home country of Guatemala due to abuse. The video was a happy moment but it was a reminder of the fact that children were being separated from their parents and being held in detention centers as if they were criminals. I couldn't image myself being separated from my mother at such a young age and so I wanted to use any amount of privilege I have to bring more awareness to this issue. - Ryan Oakley