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Diana F Valente
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

Bread and Circus was a term created by the Roman satirist and poet, Decimus Junius Juvenalis (100 A.D.), who once stated that what people really wanted was “panem et circenses”; that is, as long as people were fed and entertained, they would be kept distracted and diverted from participating in the activities of government, and they would be less of a problem for their leaders. My most recent work is inspired by Juvenalis’ statement, which illustrates my assimilation into American culture. They embrace some aspects of my search for answers –the relationships of nation and identity, of passion and intimacy, of imagination and conflict, of citizenship and consumerism, and most importantly, of religion and freedom.

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