the Auction is live until december 16, 2021.

     amy elswick                    charles rice                    lania rice        

piece 1: shattered union

piece 1: ali underwater

piece 1: tamika's west end

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This piece is inspired by Amy’s current view of the United States. She manipulated the materials she found at Goodwill to create her view of the standards of our nation – with sharp edges – and brokenness within our borders.

 

She felt that the flag is so often used as a symbol to stand behind and fly proudly. However, instead of binding us together, she fears that our nation’s culture seems to be breaking us apart with the media reporting division, mistrust and disgust at those who disagree. She asks, “Where is the ‘united’ in our states?” 

piece 2: tattered

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 For this art piece featuring the iconic Muhammad Ali, Charles feels that capturing Ali’s movement is everything. As a contemporary painter, it is always the movement that he remembers most about any idea – it’s his inspiration. Movement’s elusive quality transforms a figure or abstract in just a matter of seconds. Charles strives to convey that sense of place by capturing its fleeting magic. Charles collected items from Goodwill to create a piece reflective of the movement and plight through the history of African Americans. 

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Louisville, Kentucky is a city that is unafraid to proudly feature those individuals who have impacted the community. There are massive posters displaying bold and iconic individuals throughout the city on the sides of prominent buildings. Even though many of the city’s heroes may not be world-renowned, Louisville acknowledges that it would never be the same without their contributions. Using recycled blue jeans and picture frames found at Goodwill, LaNia has stretched blue jean canvases to paint onto and celebrate two individuals who are from West Louisville that have impacted the culture of Louisville forever. Tamika Palmer is the mother of the slain Breonna Taylor. Her efforts have both moved and inspired not only Louisville, but also the world. This portrait painting is a tribute to her great devotion not only to the city of Louisville, but also to Breonna’s legacy in West Louisville. ​

piece 2: jecorey's
west end

The materials Amy utilized from Goodwill led her to create an American flag in distress, with the falling stars, to help her symbolize how she feels about citizens dying from gun violence. The ragged and torn fabric was affixed to a thinning background. She wanted to recognize the individuals who were killed to shift the focus away from the shooter and the statistics.  

 

This was an emotional creation for Amy. At first, she wanted to show a person from each state, but there are too many to decide from. She then thought to show victims who provided a spotlight to the major issues of racism, police brutality, gang warfare, domestic violence and mass shootings, but there are too many of those as well. In her research, she found six pages of open homicides in Jefferson County, Kentucky alone. Where does it end?  

piece 2: climate
control

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For this piece using articles of clothing from Goodwill, Charles captures the essence of “shoe tossing” to symbolize the act of shoes being tied together and hung from power lines across the United States to memorialize the dead. It is also representative of athletes “hanging up their shoes” in retirement and how sports can be that escape. Both are representative of the movement and plight through the history of African Americans. 

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Louisville, Kentucky is a city that is unafraid to proudly feature those individuals who have impacted the community. There are massive posters displaying bold and iconic individuals throughout the city on the sides of prominent buildings. Even though many of the city’s heroes may not be world-renowned, Louisville acknowledges that it would never be the same without their contributions. Using recycled blue jeans and picture frames found at Goodwill, LaNia has stretched blue jean canvases to paint onto and celebrate two individuals who are from West Louisville that have impacted the culture of Louisville forever. Councilman Jecorey Arthur’s transformative work for the community has positively impacted Louisville. This portrait painting pays tribute to his great devotion to not only the city of Louisville, but also to his home in West Louisville.