“If you’ve got a big mouth and you’re controversial, you’re going to get attention.” – Simon Cowell

Looking back throughout history we see that there has always been an element of controversy and debate. It is through this practice of calling the truths of society into question, shining a spotlight on the areas in our lives that need to be addressed, that ignites the fire of change.

While this is often done through the mainstream media, public protests and the power of both the spoken and written word, artists have long known that their work can be more than just a decorative piece for the living room wall. Instead, a number of artists choose to use their talent and expertise to share that which many may struggle to put into words. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

Much like eras long past, our current society is full of situations requiring attention and care. Using their artwork as a medium, the talented artists of today highlight many different situations including our dependence on social media, the incredible amount of control over the world we live in by those in positions of power, and the American dependence on oil among others.

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