My current studio class is about mapping in art. I was assigned to create a collage map using Google Earth. My map explores the contemporary issues of border control. While I will not comment on my personal stance in the matter, the collection of these images leave the viewer with facts and interpretations about the issues at hand.
I think it is interesting that while we struggle as a country with ideas of border control and freedom, we inadvertently send mixed messages to the international community. The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, has come to symbolize one of America's roles in our global society. Lady Liberty's creed was at one time, a cornerstone of patriotism. Generally, Americans want some level of control over access to the country. Meanwhile, the government sends international military aid, policing others. In some cases America's intervention disallows the autonomy of other international states to fully exist. America itself has become a desirable place for families to raise their children, to live the American dream and partake of the "pursuit of Happiness." With these offerings our nation's responsibility is great.
Disparities regarding border control, presence in the international community and freedom are long term. Included are complexities of a growing pluralistic, democratic and globally integrated society. As a result, America's border issues will surely require no easy solution.
Statue of Liberty, Photo Credit, Carlos Cunha, 2003. Remixed by scotthughesphoto for Google Earth Collage, Border Issues, 2014. Image usage in accordance with CC General Attribution License 2.0. Retrieved from, Flickr Here.
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