Illegal by Jonathan Aller
Illegal by Jonathan Aller
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SECOND-YEAR MASTER OF FINE ARTS CANDIDATE
2017 MFA MERIT AWARD
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Briefly describe the pieces you submitted for merits.

Illegal, oil on canvas, 94 x 52 in.: Immigrants have a negative connotation in contemporary culture. With this painting, I try to show their humility and how alike we all are. By appropriating Washington Crossing the Delaware River, I replaced the "iconic" figures with immigrants from all over the world. This painting shows unity at a time when disconnection and perception blind society. The future, as dark as it might appear, is attainable with all of us on deck and ready for its challenges.

Untitled 1-4, oil and latex on canvas: This series was about culture and identity, and how I interact with my environment as an American Latino. I had colored theater gels illuminating each painting with specific colors referencing my Latin American roots.

What does winning a Merit Scholarship mean for your education?

Winning the scholarship has allowed me to continue my artistic growth at MCAD. 

Why did you decide to come to MCAD?

I decided to come to MCAD to take my artwork in directions I could not have done alone. 

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