#OCCUPY: Meet Tom West


TOM WEST is a war veteran turned political artist with a clothing line of his own that he sells both at local boutiques and art openings throughout Providence.

> What is your involvement with the OCCUPY movement?

TOM WEST at Burnside Park

I am a local Providence artist. I have been involved with Occupy Providence. Me and the teens at RiverzEdge Arts Project screen printed bandannas for them about a month ago. I also was on the board of Wooly Fair, and was a participating artist. We donated 2 of our PODS to the Occupy Movement afterword. I have also hung an actual piece of art at the site, Burnside Park (att.)

> Describe how the OCCUPY movement has influenced your creative process.

I am war veteran turned political artist. I now work for my community. I teach Screen Printing at RiverzEdge Arts Project. And I volunteer and donate to AS220 and The Steel Yard. Occupy has given me an outlet to express my already deep feelings about the state of our nation.

> What message do you hope to convey to the 99% with your artwork?

That the state of our nation has become unhealthy. And something must change, or give. The people are not accurately represented by our Democracy.

TOM WEST is part of the #OCCUPY group exhibit at Yellow Peril Gallery, featuring artwork inspired by the OCCUPY movement. The exhibit will run from Thursday, 15 March to Sunday, 15 April 2012. Opening night reception will be on Thursday, 15 March, from 5PM – 9PM during Gallery Night in Providence, RI.

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