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Curator’s comments

In the early 1970s, after she and her husband separated, Aminah struggled to support herself and her young son. After her exhaustive search for work failed, she was forced to apply for welfare, despite her parents' strong disapproval. In this drawing, Aminah depicts the room where people waited to receive their welfare checks. The subjects' body language and facial expressions of the figures suggest the desperation of their situations as well as the isolation that each feels from the other.

Artist’s comments

I look at the welfare system as another form of slavery, because I've been there, and I know what can happen to a person when you are genuinely trying to help yourself and to better your life, that of your child, and, ultimately, that of the community.

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