"Court Appearance"

22" X 22"

Watercolor, Charcoal, Oil on Mixed paper

This image was inspired by a testimonial before congress. Here, it speaks to the theater of courtrooms, including that of congress. Why should your appearance influence the jury? Shouldn’t your testimony carry merit on its own? Trials are supposed to be neutral. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty, yet theatrics and maneuvering on the part of lawyers and law professionals can sway the jury in one direction or another. This begs the question of whether justice is served. Ultimately it plays into the idea of perceptions and what society expects of its citizens. If a suspect does not fit that description and courtroom tactics have presented a suspect as outside the norm can justice prevail?

Peter Klubek