Barrett Banfield – The Flock of Society

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Faculty mentor: Coco James

Artist’s Statement: Thesis: There are many programs and resources available to lower income families, but economic and emotional instability leaves them hopeless and dysfunctional.

Artistic Choices: I chose to describe the shifting of society using a flock of birds. Most people can relate to waking up in the morning and seeing a flock of birds in a tree outside their window. The first stanza was intended to set that scene of familiarity allowing the reader to visual the birds in their own setting. Birds move en mass and in these large groups go unnoticed similar to humans in densely populated areas. Flocks of birds constantly move between various areas throughout the day and migrate during the seasons just like humans on a daily basis. Human society has migratory tendencies and trends just as birds do. I related this migratory behavior to the advancement of society and the case of those being left behind. Due to limiting factors primarily familial dysfunction and socioeconomic limitations most of society is left behind and stuck in one place leading to growing gaps between classes. Just as we never pay attention to the birds left behind and rather focus on the larger moving group many families are left behind and forgotten about. These families go unrepresented and become disenfranchised unable to keep up with the ever-changing modern world. Many of the birds who fall from the flock left alone and isolated end up dying or become deranged due to lack of support from the main body. This also occurs in humans, those families who are unable to keep up with the world deteriorate unable to catch up. Feeling isolated, alone, and detached they convince themselves that they are hopeless and are lost forever. This is all due to lack of support from the main body, society, which has every reason and ability to help those in need but instead forget about those in need and focus on the moving body. 

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