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EL SOLDADO/ CEM (The Soldier) #34 by artist Kelly Thompson

$ 500.00

Acrylic, gold leaf, letraset letters, resin on wood, framed to 7 1/2” x 10 1/4”

I am so happy to be painting the El Soldado card again this year. Last year I chose Joan of Arc this year I was compelled to choose Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. As a political activist and artist I cannot ignore the injustice she is enduring in the name of whistle blowing. I used her Welsh heritage for the words; “y milwr” means the soldier in Welsh. I think she is a she-ro and the least I can do is celebrate her and keep reminding people she is in jail because she will not lie. Shame on us. 


Riddle associated with this card: 

Uno, dos y tres, el soldado p'al cuartel.

One, two and three, the soldier heads to the fort.

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