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How Artists Are Expressing Hope After the 2020 Presidential Election

 

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People around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief and broke out into spontaneous dance parties as former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. After four years of leadership that many believed centered on the whims of one person, the country has a new opportunity to move forward with someone who promises to be a president to all Americans, whether they voted for him or not. And, let’s not forget one of the brightest, history-making moments of the election: Kamala Harris is the first female, first Black American, and first South Asian American vice president-elect.

As artists and illustrators took in the news, they channeled their feelings into artwork. The reactions show that people feel hope for the U.S. to start a new chapter of healing. Many are rejoicing over Harris’ new role and what it means in terms of representation and shattering the glass ceiling. Others see the results as a powerful opportunity to reunite a divided country by having a person who will work with Republicans and Democrats. Above all, the feeling in many of these artworks is of joy—an emotion that is distinctly lacking in 2020.

Scroll down to see how others have reacted to the election results.

Artists and illustrators are reacting with joy over the results of the 2020 U.S. election.

 

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Many artists focused on the history-making election of Kamala Harris:

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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