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It was a rare and unnerving look at how the NSA really felt about spying on Americans : a smiley face drawn next to a plan to circumvent encryption in Google's cloud. Now this infamous leak from Edward Snowden has been memorialized with a painting by Jenny Holzer.
Holzer traced the original image and repainted a larger version, altering it by making the making the yellow background of the original brighter and adding a purple color. The year-old artist is known for conceptual works that push the boundaries of what art is. Her work often seems political, though she is cagey about its meaning.
I've wondered if Snowden is a hero or traitor or both. I wonder what I should know and what to do with that information. I don't like to think that most everything about you and yours is out now," Holzer told Business Insider. Holzer explained the artistic choices in this work: " I used a bright Post-it yellow for the background of the painting to be faithful to the original. I put purple in the doodle so the colors would bounce between lively and painful. She also noted how it relates to earlier work: "The doodle recalls my '70s diagrams. I re-drew hundreds of diagrams to see how image and text convey information.
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