Playing to Win 2016-2018



Playing To WIN

The question of how one wins and why can be essential to understanding the collective character of a country or that of a single individual. The answers begin to reveal themselves not only in elections (if they are held at all), but sports, lotteries, video games, children’s playground activities, relationships and the simple board game. Questions concerning morality, identity, patriotism, class, race and ethnicity can enter this inquiry. To win, can be a beautiful outward expression of luck, or skills attained through disciple and work, yet when it comes due to unfair or dishonest practices, it can undermine the positive qualities of a person and or a nation. Winning can shine so brightly as a goal that it can become a blinding force.

Using motifs from classic board games, as well as lotto tickets, playing cards, and game related quotes, images were created while pondering the phrase “playing to WIN”.

Painting, silkscreen printing, gum Arabic transfer, linoleum printing, drawing, and stamping are some of the processes utilized in these mixed media works. There are over 24 pieces in this series.

Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter