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Dustin Nelson

The works of Dustin’s that were displayed for the BFA really drew my attention because they were really impressive pieces of artwork that also had symbolic messages. The one I chose displays a sorcerer over a crystal ball holding his magic wand. Pictured within the crystal ball is the nation of Pakistan, and to the left of the ball is a hat with stars and stripes which if the sorcerer replaced with his cap would make him resemble Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam has his wand cast over the crystal ball as if to cast a spell over Pakistan (presumably to solve the crisis in the cashmere region?) but only a melodramatic fizzle of smoke emanates from his wand. To me this picture overall symbolizes the inability of the US to solve crises in the middle east even if we do think we are magical.