The first painting, Grandma’s Vote, focuses on the time from slavery through the Jim Crow era and how those who could vote felt it was a way to honor their heritage, and those who fought for this right. The figure is dressed formally, in her ‘Sunday Best’, reflecting this generation’s view that voting was a privilege. Grandma’s Vote represents a woman that the artist remembers from her parent’s generation.
The second painting, I Vote, focuses on the empowerment of African Americans as a people. This painting represents a woman from the artist’s own generation, and it is a tribute to the generation of voters who fought and protested during in the Civil Rights period, when the landmark Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, making state laws that prevented African Americans from voting, called ‘Jim Crow' Laws, illegal.
The third painting, Her Vote, focuses on the artist’s granddaughter's generation. Through the figure's stance and attire, the artist communicates this generation's perceptions of voting and their expectations of the future. Notice this figure’s clothing and attitude compared to Grandma’s Vote- this reflects the cynicism towards politics felt by some from the Millennial generation.
Party Line compiles three datasets:
Total votes from the 2018 congressional election in each county represented by hues of red and blue. Value of color correlates to numbers of votes.
System of redistricting by state (Yellow)
Three congressional maps from 2011-2017 (Lines of black and purple)
These three sets of information, when viewed together, can show us where a district has been gerrymandered through cracking, diluting the voting power of the opposing party’s supporters across many districts, and packing, concentrating the opposing party’s voting power in one district to reduce their voting power in other districts.
Why do you think southern states created literacy tests that were nearly impossible to pass?
If you had to take a test before voting, would you still vote?