Consists of 20 works presenting the brutal inequities of global economics and the correlation between our middle class American lives and child slave labor around the world. These works combine stencil printing with lithographic inks and acrylic painting.  Each image reveals two discordant interconnected human realities existing simultaneously in the manufacture, distribution and usage of items in my daily life. The monochromatic top layer depicts a child laborer producing the item I have acquired. The bottom layer, painted with vibrant colors symbolizes my relationship to the manufactured item. 

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Brushed Nickel is So Elegant 1: Brazil 44" x 32"

UPPER LAYER: Every day in Brazil, 10 year old Isabela picks through a putrid garbage heap searching for bottles and cans to sell to the middleman. One day she sank in the garbage up to her chest. Fortunately her 13 year old brother, Sergio, makes up to $3 US a day and even sometimes finds food, in the huge mountain of refuse, that he takes home to share with the family.

LOWER LAYER: I’m searching the web for designer kitchen accessories. I need two recycling containers: 1 for paper, another for bottles and cans. I want them to match our fabulous new ceramic tile floor. My first choice is something elegant, in brushed nickel with a 21st century look.

How Cool is That 2?: Democratic Republic of Congo 44" x 32"

UPPER LAYER: Claude is 7. He lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At 5 AM, after having water for breakfast, he walks 2 miles to the coltan mine. On a good day Claude earns one dollar US hauling containers of rocks. Claude’s 15 year old cousin, Celestin, lost his left arm & right foot using explosives to open up the mine shaft. Refined coltan is used to make tantalum, a heat resistant metal powder that holds electrical charges. Coltan is a key component in all cell phones.

LOWER LAYER: All of my necessities must fit into my gorgeous, tiny, new, blue beaded evening bag. So I’m getting a new cell phone.....free! All I have to do is sign up for two more years of wireless service. How cool is that!

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My Beautiful Red Dress 2: India 44" x 32"

UPPER LAYER: I am Kadiamal. I live in India. When I was 8 my parents bonded me to the silk factory because they had to borrow $35 US when my sister got sick. I sleep in the factory, on the floor, between the machines at get up at 4 AM to wind the silk. We work 12 hours a day. If I make a mistake, my employer ties a chain, attached to the wall, to my leg and beats me with a belt.

LOWER LAYER: Absolutely stunning! My new beautiful red silk dress. After tracking it through markdowns and price reductions, I finally got it at a clearance sale for less that what I earn in 1/2 an hour. It will be really hard, but I’m determined not to eat all day Saturday, so it will fit perfectly when we go out for dinner.

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Putter Around With The DeWalt: Bangladesh

44" x 32"

UPPER LAYER: After two years of training with no pay, thirteen year old Masud is finally able to help his family with their expenses! He is now earning 700 Taka, about $10 US a month. Masud has a job in the metal factory. He works two hours a day in a window less room with no ventilation. He uses rusty old tools and works without googles or a face mask.

LOWER LAYER: Well, I thought it would be fun to get Steve a surprise....a top of the line cordless DeWalt drill. He can use it when he is in the mood to fix something. Like many guys he just loves to putter around with new tools.

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I Love Foreign Films 2: Mexico 44" x 32"

UPPER LAYER: Thirteen year old Teresa traveled 1,300 miles with her parents and two little brothers to a bordertown. Jose, her dad, got a job in a maquiladora. he suffered with severe headaches, rashes and nausea during the three years he worked double shifts. He died of pulmonary problems at age 32. Esperanza, her mom, was fired when the daily factory urine test revealed her pregnancy. Teresa, Thank God! was hired to assemble electronic products. She works 12 hour days, earning $72 US a month. It takes her 4.5 hours to earn enough to buy a gallon of milk.

LOWER LAYER: Since we decided on a very modest Christmas this year, Steve got me a DVD player. When I’m in the mood, especially after a long tiring day of shopping, I take a long relaxing bubble bath, then stretch out with some tasty snacks to watch a movie. My favorites are foreign films.

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Chocoholic Dreams 2: Ivory Coast 44" x 32"

UPPER LAYER: Aly was lured from his family in Mali, by the promise of a bicycle, to in one of the 600,000 cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast. Cocoa is the basic ingredient in chocolate. Aly and 18 other boys ages 9-13 are locked in a 20’ x 24’ at all non working times. Their daily food ration is a few burnt bananas. They work 7 twelve hour days in the brutal sun, earning $13 US a year. It takes 400 cocoa pods to make 1 lb. of chocolate. Aly has never eaten chocolate.

LOWER LAYER: The International Chocolate Show was glorious! 52 chocolatiers gifted endless samples of their creations! Delectable treats of every kind! semi sweet, dark, white, milk and sugarless....chocolate with: oranges, pears, berries, pineapple, kiwi, bananas...with ginger, rum, curry, honey, jelly, coconut and caramel...hazelnuts, pecans, almonds and peanut! As a devoted chocoholic I eat some form of it every day.