Childhood Memory #061287 (f*ck your wall)

Dominic Sansone | United States



12”h x 138”w x 64”d


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    Art Description: Made during my International Sculpture Center artist residency at Mana Contemporary in the winter of 2017/2018, this piece was the beginning of my recent exploration of walls in society. Having come of age at the end of the cold-war, I have witnessed the United States shift from a nation that demanded the removal of walls to one that seeks to constructs walls. Traditionally we have built them to keep people confined, such as prisons, now the political winds have shifted and we seek to build walls to keep people out. I question if we are just building a prison on a national scale. For ourselves. Walls, as a defensive strategy, have been used for centuries. All walls eventually fail and are breached. We must learn from the past and be bold enough to find new solutions, rather than root in useless dogma of old thinking.

    Medium Used: Concrete and black pipe.

    Dominic Sansone | United States

    My current body of artwork is a critical response to the current geopolitical landscape, created by the disproportionate role of the Military Industrial Complex in our society. Militarism has seeped into every segment of our culture; from building “defensive” walls on our borders, to calls for arming our teachers and children. Fear and paranoia ooze from our pores as we cower in imaginary foxholes on battlefields that do not exist. Always a new enemy, always some new evil to vanquish, war without end. Ultimately the goal is not to answer the questions or propose solutions for the viewer, but hopefully to cause them to consider, with more than a cursory glance, the reality we build for ourselves through the choices we make as individuals and how those choices impact our civilization. To achieve these ends, I interpret contemporary events by drawing inspiration from moments in history and utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach with a dash of acerbic wit.