Recently artist Alexandra Bell began to showcase her art work more vividly trying to uncover the hidden stories reported in news. Her first “poster sized” art work, A Teenager With Promise, consisted of two panels, one showing the Times’s front page profile of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, and a white police officer, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown in 2014. The second panel consisted of the same article, but edited by herself to unmask the “hidden” story. According to Alexandra, when she first saw this news article she had an eccentric feeling about the way the news was presented. During a recent interview at The New York Times building, Bell explained that, “the effort to make these two people just two regular people went too far. You have a child and you have an agent of the state. They weren’t two homies in the hood and things didn’t work out” (Stevenson). Once she had completed this piece of hers, many people reached out to her and either supported her or suggested other news articles that they felt she should examine. It is interesting to see how this New York times article explains how so many people supported and protected her work. People did not respect her work being taking down by others and essentially protected it for it to be seen and understood. As an African American artist, Bell has dealt with allot of discrimination towards her art work. Due to art and social media being predominantly dominated by white men, many critics have told Bell to rethink her focal point of her art and try to move away from racial topics. Alexandra states that, “‘It’s imperative to show how a turn of phrase or a misplaced photo has real consequences for people at the margins who are still suffering under the weight of unfair and biased representation'” (Stevenson). Her main goal as an artist is to uncover the lies that many stories have covered. It’s interesting to see how her art work is not something you would expect to be displayed in the MOMA or any artistic museum. Her art work has also been presented and displayed on the streets. Her work is displayed on walls in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Her art work is more engaging to the common crowd that walk the streets daily. Her art seems to be a gateway for communities to be aware of certain issues and misconceptions that are being made in our modern day society. Her art is more approachable and engaging in the sense that people will stop and take time to read through her work. I personally feel like her art work inspires allot of people as well. Alexandra states that, “she wants to help readers engage more critically with the news through her art” (Stevenson), which I personally feel like she has done a great job doing so. Her recent works of Serena Williams’s and the racially charged marches in Charlottesville, Virginia have really influenced and presented a message many modern artists today have not seem to display. As a starting artist, I feel like her art work and its’ message is something many contemporary artists haven’t been able to do.          Works Cited  Stevenson, Sandra. “Analyzing Race and G

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