|Size:||42" x 54"|
Acrylic on Canvas
"American Oxygen" was named after a song by Rihanna, a black female immigrant in the United States. The song was inspired by the 1984 single "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen. The lyrics acknowledge the pride of living in this incredible country, but also acknowledge the problems with our history:
“Oh, say can you still see, the elusive American Dream?
A new age has now been ushered in, divided by politics, gender and skin.”
When you watch a sporting event, you’ll see a large American Flag flying over the field, court, or any other place where people compete. In global competition, it is heralded during Olympics when an American stands to receive a medal. The song concludes with these challenging words:
“We the people and our little ones must awaken a regenerative cohesion.
Breathe out, breathe in and dream again and emerge “a more perfect union”.
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