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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Melinda Beck (b. 1976). Hate Speech, December 1, 2013. Published in California Magazine, April 16, 2014. Giclée print. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (023.01.00)
LC–DIG–ppmsca–38590 © Melinda Beck

Hate Is Ugly

With searing, visually layered imagery, Melinda Beck delivers a strong, anti-hate message in this illustration. Bending her style to expressive effect, Beck riddles the central silhouetted profile head with holes and incorporates an ominously red snake and mouth with rodent-like teeth. Far from benign, the botanical border consists of thorns, insects and other signifiers of decay and destruction. Often combining digital and hand-drawn imagery, Beck creates illustrations for magazines, books, cover designs, posters, and animations.