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Conn. artist recreates well-known Banksy art at NYC Women’s March

January 20, 2019

A Connecticut artist mimicked a well-known Banksy painting at the Women’s March in New York City on Saturday.

Jessica Ewud, a Connecticut artist known as “Rags the Artist,” was spotted clutching a red baloon while wearing a white dress prior to the removal of barricades by New York Police Department personnel for the launch of the march.

“I wanted to bring this piece of art to life,” Ewud said in a prepared statement.

In Banksy’s original artwork, a girl is reaching out to a red balloon.

Though art can be interpreted in many ways, Ewud’s take was on hope being within reach. She said her recreation was meant to show that women should never lose hope.

“We should never let things fly away that are in our reach,” she said. “We must hold on with everything we’ve got and stay strong.”

When asked if Ewud knew Banksy, she declined to comment.

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