This is President Obama’s hand, sketched during a rainy night in a New Hampshire gym at a rally in 2008. At this time, victory seemed very far away, the effort to get to this point and the struggle ahead felt overwhelming. Green kept thinking about the journey each of us has to find our power through owning our identity. This image is about the value and strength in that struggle. The clenched fist is an omnipresent symbol of rights, intervention and liberation, used throughout history in movements, in agitation, in salute, in revolution, in solidarity. It is a charged image; the iconography of the fist references ‘black power’, as well as workers movements and feminist revolutions.
In Struggle, Glory the fist has been made using 24k gold leaf, hand applied by the artist and then silkscreen printed on top. The use and application of gold recalls its use throughout history as a status symbol. These works explore who we value and why, questioning our systems of worth; of our dark past of human rights violations and pollution as well as reminding us of the capacities of human ingenuity and celebrating our most precious natural resources.
In Struggle, Copper the background has been leafed in copper metal, and the fist printed using a distinctive crimson red which for many is inextricably a political colour, of strength and of struggle.
These works consider power and leadership, the legacy of that power around the world, and how its impact and meaning shifts and changes over time.