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The first painting in the series focuses on how I viewed self and Other growing up in the rural farmlands of Northwest Ohio. Family and community created a strong image of self. Everything else was quick to be relegated as something foreign and not worth examining, creating a strong view of the other. The large, centrally located circle signifies that I felt centrally located within the universe. The blackness of the Other, shows the dichotomous way in which I viewed the world. Underneath the black paint of the Other are the names of people who helped me shape by opinions of the other: OJ Simpson, Michael Jordan, Saddam Hussein, Rodney King. Of course, these were not people I had ever met; on the contrary, they were individuals whose stories had been told to me through the pedagogy of the news and TV.