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April 1, 2009

A picture is worth a thousand words — and some Californians have a lot to say about the worst financial crisis in decades.












greenspan5The economic meltdown was the focus of Crossman Wilkins’ (above) master’s thesis at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

“I’ve been working with this interest in my own place in the economy,” said Wilkins, 23. (At right is a detail of from the posters shown above, which feature notables like former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and current Chairman Ben Bernanke.)

The self-professed news junkie once made a poster from a year’s worth of receipts and said his latest work reflects the recession’s influence on the news flow.

“Every story is about the financial situation,” said Wilkins, who will graduate in May and enter the job market when California’s unemployment rate is among the highest in the nation.

The artist says his next work may take on the ailing U.S. auto industry. Meanwhile, he’s piecing together freelance gigs and is entertaining other employment options.

“I do have a lot of student loan debt. I think that’s pretty normal for someone my age, unfortunately,” Wilkins said.

Chiropractor John Nielsen (below) opened a massage school in West Los Angeles more than two years ago with money from mortgaging his home. Nielsen is throwing in the towel, but he’s not going quietly.

The first picture in this blog is by Amanda Keller-Konya and the rest were taken by yours truly.

What would your picture say?



IAG should be required to post this artwork at their headquarters as a reminder of what their responsibility is to all American people.

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