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Art of the Resistance From the Middle of the Crowd
I am an artist and an activist. I am documenting the resistance movement as one who is in the midst of it, not as an observer from the sidelines. (That’s me on the left in this image from a downtown Canton, OH #ResistWednesday event.)
I cannot simply sit by in these times while Donald Trump and the Republican Party destroy our American democracy. I am committing myself to the process of change along with millions of other citizens who care about the future our country. As I do, I am also documenting the process through my art.
I was among the million marchers at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. I have attended marches and rallies in other cities as well, including my hometown of Canton, Ohio.
I will continue to attend marches and rallies and other resistance activities. I founded and led an Indivisible Team in my congressional district, and I am actively participating in activist efforts in my community.
My art comes from the viewpoint of the protester, the community organizer and the person in the crowd who feels the depth of passion for a confluence of causes. The election of Donald Trump has put so many things in our world at risk, we must resist and persist to ensure the forward progress of our world.
My usual artist ‘brand’ is brightly colored pet themed art, and I will continue to remain true to that brand. My art cannot ignore recent events that have turned my world upside down, however. The 2016 presidential election changed everything for me, and I cannot sit back and be quiet about it.
I developed this site as a place to explore and experiment with my artistic response to the new realities in my world. I appreciate your support of my art as I endeavor through this new cultural landscape that has been thrust upon me.
Change is messy. It doesn’t occur without conflict, and it isn’t tidy. As an artist, I seek to articulate my own messy struggle with the new realities of my world, and I also seek to articulate the cultural upheaval around me. I don’t know where this will go. Does anyone?
Artist Vicki Boatright, known as “BZTAT” (pronounced bee-zee-tat), is the preeminent pet portrait artist for the Contemporary Pet Lover. Animal loving art collectors worldwide have commissioned artworks by BZTAT to celebrate their relationships with their beloved pets. Visit the BZTAT Studios website to view her pet themed artwork. Vicki also creates murals and other artworks that address a variety of themes.
BZTAT Studios is located in Canton, OH. BZTAT also has a gallery at Embrace Pet Insurance in Beachwood, OH.
Vicki holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in the visual arts from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and a Masters Degree in counseling from Marshall University.
Vicki signs her artwork BZTAT in homage to a feline companion of that name, who was an artistic inspiration to her for 19 years.