After staring at this country-plot for a while, I saw what might be a head and a shoulder, but didnt know who I would pixel. So I took to wikipedia for inspiration:
"Are you the one they are looking for? My name is Emmanuelle, you looked after me when all the doctors thought I was mad. I will hide you."
Flipping through the wikipedia on Rwanda I stumbled upon the story of Yolande Mukagasana and Jacqueline Mukansonera, two heroes who embraced humanity over race during the Rawandan Genocide. The more I read about it, the more I couldnt believe how little I knew. Beyond anything I was dumbfounded that this happened so recently, in 1994.
So I thought to myself, where was I during this time, and how did I not know all of this. I was only seven, so perhaps I it can be said I am excused from knowing about this horrific event, but how did I manage through middle school, high school and University without ever learning about this?
I started to think back on who were my heroes at that age, and with but a nano-second the Green Ranger came to mind. Of course power rangers had all of kinds of good lessons about morals, justice, forgiveness and friendship, but It is a stark reminder of how fortunate I was that one of my most vivid memories of that time in my life include being grounded because I didn't come to the dinner table when my Mom called, after all, today was the day Green Ranger appeared.
-Both of these pieces used my Palette MD+- for the 11 color comp. I added a light blue for the bg of the Ranger, and a grey for AA against the PJ grey.
-The bg of the portrait of Yolanda Mukagasan and Jacqueline Mukansonera is of traditional Imigongo art from Rwanda. The art is made out of dried cow dung, which is traditionally molded into geometric patterns on flat surfaces, then painted with black, white, grey, and beige-yellow"
Yolande and Jacqueline