Elvis

Elvis

Elvis2

When you look at the two boxes, they are separated not only by distance and walls, but also by aesthetics. The fonts and the words are different. It seems like they don’t belong together. However, it is only when you read the text in both boxes (together, without regard for color or form of the letters) that the sentence becomes clear. This requires an open mind and willingness of individuals to look outside of the box. Just because people look different or seem different doesn’t make them any less valuable. When you look closer, both are boxes, both are painted on, both are made with neon lights, both are powered by the same “transformer” technology, both are vulnerable to damage, and both are an equally important part of the artwork. Despite their differences, these boxes, like people, are more similar to one-another than they are different. I believe that by tricking the viewer, this artwork proves to us that our tendency to divide is alive and kicking; we must keep an eye on ourselves. Whether it be division over race, political beliefs, gender, sexuality, religion, geographic location, sports, or any other issue, I believe that we must try to remind ourselves that unity is far more important than our tendency to divide.