My art is usually social and political regardless of who is in the White House, but my concerns and frustrations are amplified by the election of Donald Trump. I joked while Trump was campaigning that his slogan should be “Manifest Density,” a parody of “Manifest Destiny,” which was an embarrassingly egotistical pronouncement by rich white men that it was God’s desire for them to conquer ocean to ocean in the territory that would become the United States. Trump appealed to an uninformed (dense) electorate who looked for scapegoats and were driven by most likely one or more of the dark impulses listed in this art. I’m pushing for a future where those impulses have no place and definitely no traction. Let’s move forward, not backward. It is critical to vote in Nov. and every election. Strong voter turnout is the only way to overcome voter suppression and gerrymandering that have allowed the Republican party, whose policies are less popular with the majority of Americans, to retain power over many areas of govt. Even if Joe Biden wasn’t your first choice for president, keep in mind the importance of keeping judgeships out of the hands of the hateful, partisan, and unqualified, as well as the need to vote for local candidates who align with your beliefs. Thanks for caring!