Rosa Parks Persists

Collage, Photo, Political Commentary

This collage is constructed from a photo, an engraving and two lines of type.

The Story Behind the Collage

The Story Behind the Collage

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) probably didn't know that he was creating a slogan for activist women everywhere when he explained why he silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) as follows: "She was warned, She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Our country owes a lot to persistent women, including civil rights activist Rosa Parks who is honored in this image. Parks kept on protesting the injustice of segregation until the laws were finally changed.

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Constructing "Rosa Parks Persists"

Constructing "Rosa Parks Persists"

The first element in this collage is a black-and-white photo (above) taken in 1956 by AP showing Rosa Parks being fingerprinted after an arrest for participating in a boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. The photo is in the public domain.


The second element is the frame (below), an etching and engraving created by artist Augustin de Saint-Aubin in1771. (This is a portrait of Charles-Nicolas Cochin II.) I removed the portrait and the type.


Then, I added some effects to the photo to make it coordinate nicely with the frame. (See below)


Then I popped the adjusted photo into the frame and added the text using two fonts: Bank Gothic Lt BT and Americana BT.

 Above is the original of the frame described above.  I found it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's database of artworks in the public domain.

Above is the original of the frame described above.  I found it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's database of artworks in the public domain.

 Above is the photo after I applied two special effects with Corel PaintShop ProX5: Aged Newspaper and Halftone Horizontal Black Lines from the Artistic Effects menu.   

Above is the photo after I applied two special effects with Corel PaintShop ProX5: Aged Newspaper and Halftone Horizontal Black Lines from the Artistic Effects menu.