Paula Crown x For Freedoms 50 State Initiative
In 2018, Paula Crown was commissioned by For Freedoms as part of its 50 State Initiative to place artwork via billboards in all 50 states ahead of the mid-term elections as a call to action on a number of issues.
Crown created 2 separate designs: her Thoughts and Prayers (2018) design, which was installed in two locations: Chicago and Wyoming, is both a confrontation and a call to action. The piece presents two firearms reflected in conflict under the flattened sentiment of a clichéd phrase. Crown confronts the viewer with a choice of action or indifference thereby urging citizens to “translate thoughts and prayers into policy.”
Hurt People Hurt People (2018) overlays the repetitive phrase on top of a background from Crown’s Kinematic series. The phrase reminds us of the cycle of abuse, hurt, and pain that continues on, confronting the viewer’s own actions to stop this chain of events. Whether it’s through the physical or verbal, healing and change can only happen when we each take responsibility for our own actions to end this domino effect of hurt.
Thoughts and Prayers, sponsored by 21c Museum Hotel, was on view at 11 W Illinois St. Chicago, IL from September 27, 2018 through November 30, 2018 and Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Hurt People Hurt People was on view in Los Angeles, CA, 2018.