The artwork titled 'Made in China' by Joe Black is filled with societal, cultural and political connotations. To begin with, it offers a recreation of an iconic photo taken of a young Chinese solider for the 1938 cover of LIFE magazine on the story of the Sino Japanese War. Secondly, it is made out of 5,500 plastic toy soldiers (not with pixelated brush strokes that many may initially perceive), which happened to be manufactured in China.
Nevertheless, a lot of attention to detail was exercised in order to create the illusion of a pointillism effect throughout the Made in China by Joe Black. Each toy soldier was spray painted a specific color to achieve this particular aesthetic. Overall, this piece brings awareness to the use of children in war.
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