One of the first art works in the gallery that caught my eye was Huang Yan’s “Painted Currency,” specifically the ten dollar bill. I’ve seen much painted and defaced currency before, but they are often pop culture references. Never before have I seen someone paint trees and birds onto a dollar bill. It makes me visualize what America means to me, such as the beautiful scenic views and diverse wildlife.


Another piece of art work that caught my attention was the pink gas mask made out of paper. It reminds me of the protests and events that have plagued our country in recent years, like in Ferguson. The fact that it is made out of paper and has childish flowers drawn on it makes me think that it is something that a child would make, which symbolizes that protests and a fear of the police is what our nation’s youth is going to grow up thinking about.


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