Carissa Gallo

Carisso Gallo is an American photographer who’s work presents her interest in how humans interact with color, surfaces, and each other. In her series ‘Color Studies: Pink’ she aims to study the color pink, and the things, both natural and unnatural, that we see in that shade. One photograph in particular attracted me to this series – the photo of the model with her hands up against a pastel pink background.

This photograph is where my main inspiration for my first art assignment stems from. My subject matter for my propaganda stencil piece is based on the Black Lives Matter movement. Although the photo wasn’t created in relation to the movement, it has been widely adopted on social media by the movement as it represents a powerful slogan often used in protests “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”.


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