Book: The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Artist: Ashton Martin
Artist’s Statement: This piece was inspired by Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.” Though the publication has only been banned periodically, the central themes and idea still remain highly contests and controversial.
At El Dorado High School, I personally experienced, first-hand, attempts by the School Board to censor teachings of Darwin’s theories. Inspired by the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, and a defiant science teacher, I went on to earn a degree from KU in Environmental Science. I dedicate this piece to Trey Harrison and all others who are willing to defy censorship