Sarah C. B. Guthrie, M.F.A.
“Corporations are people, my friend.” – Mitt Romney, Likely Republican Nominee for U.S. President
The Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, gave corporations similar legal rights as human beings. What does it mean that a corporation is now a person? What image represents the face of a corporation? Wouldn’t a corporation want an iconic portrait to immortalize itself? All this and more is considered in my new series of paintings.
These works are designed as much to start a conversation as to be aesthetically pleasing. What does it mean for people that corporations have the same rights, but, in some cases, do not have the same obligations (such as paying taxes). The corporations shown have been selected for legally not having paid any taxes, dominating their market, and playing a major role in the Great Recession. Does this bother you? Do you think about it? Does it seem fair? Does it bother you?