My artwork exposes the dominant hand of the ruling class and its looming superstructure which all individuals are subject to, especially emphasizing the educational ISA. Although promised freedom by authoritative figures like teachers from childhood, Marxism believes all individuals to ultimately be bound by oppressive “nooses” which prevent genuine communication between individuals as well as any significant movement between the classes within capitalists systems. Because these nooses are not easily escapable (especially without having learned the skill of critical inquiry), individuals likely will internalize their oppression and seek out an “other” which they can exercise authority over, as illustrated here by the low position of the figure with a leg cut off.
Justin Wyllie notes a significant flaw in Feire’s work: “This isn’t really a dialog since there can only be one end and any other conclusion is already explained away as the oppressed housing the oppressor within themselves. A real dialog does not have a prescribed outcome” (12). I want to take this a step further and suggest that the Marxist call for connectedness is not explicit enough. While the goal of Marxism is communist revolution, the process of getting there fails to be adequately communal. Rather than focusing so much on confirming its own beliefs and actualizing its own call for revolution, Marxist theory must become more self-aware and realize its failure to truly practice that which it ultimately strives for: authentic communal dialog. If Marxists are “right,” collective consciousness can only occur when individuals are taught to harvest a deep sense of connectedness and empathy, and it is only then that productive revolution will ensue.