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Jay Samit

Created April 27, 2020

Day 48 - Over 17 million Americans live in mobile homes. The income inequality gap in the US has never been wider with the poorest half of Americans owning just one percent of the nation’s wealth. The working class are being hit hardest by the shutting down of the economy and the scourge of Covid-19.

From exhibition America Disrupted, featuring a series of watercolors painted during the Covid-19 quarantine. At once a record of the artist’s emotional response to our current era, it is also a time Jay Samit found himself conflicted about his nation’s history. Part therapeutic, part social commentary, Samit’s palette reveals the fissures in American society further exposed by this unsettling period.