paints the faces of social crises - crises that
are either off the radar or insufficiently understood. Her art includes
its social context and the circumstances of its exhibition, to the end
viewing of the art, the exhibition event itself and, ultimately, a
significant percentage of the art's sales will measurably promote
awareness and support of front-line
effort social change organizations.
In creating a series, McClancy first works with a social change partner or partners to understand the plight of the victims and their interaction with crisis perpetrators and enablers. Then they work together to figure out a crisis' "point of entry" into public consciousness -- the spark of understanding that will ignite concern that turns to action. Once that is established, she creates or finds the photographic images on which to base the paintings.
When the paintings are complete, the exhibitions are arranged by and then leveraged on behalf of the partnering organization. Each exhibition's gala opening functions as a top-tier fundraising event, expanding the partner's network and affording the media a new point of
reference to the crisis. Ultimately, the paintings will be auctioned or
sold with a significant percentage of the artist's profits going to the front line organization(s).
McClancy's debut Democratic
Principles series has included exhibitions of the paintings and a coffee-table book by
the same name. As Senator John F. Kerry said in his Foreword to the book, “The purpose of the DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES [series] is to
rekindle in the American people awareness of the serious principles
that are central to the founding of our democracy and to its future.
To understand the necessity of those principles for the survival of our
democracy is to recognize the paramount importance of defending those
principles against all who would subvert them in the interest of power
or personal gain.” Each painting hangs with a statement by its
subject on a cherished principle of democracy, related to a 21st
century issue. In the same way, the book pairs each reproduction with a compelling essay by each
A number of future series are planned:
The Faces of the Intellectually Disabled
The Faces of Genocide
The Faces of the Madonna
The Faces of the Homeless
"There is something about the solitary moment in front of a painting
that allows profound and enduring communication. It is my fervent hope that these exhibitions will have a significant effect upon how these tragedies are
understood and supported." E McClancy, 2010
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