Karlie Anderson is a representational oil painter from San Jose, CA. Through her art, she explores American society’s painful truths, often displayed in black and white, confrontational compositions. Her inspiration for these message-driven pieces comes from her own life experiences and what she views as the injustices of today’s world. With her art, Anderson wishes for viewers to empathize with her subject matter and reflect on how they can better the world through their own actions. Despite others criticizing her pessimistic approach, she believes her shocking artworks may be the only way for people to understand the horrible injustices that are taking place before them.
“The Labels We Live” is a series of oil paintings created by artist Karlie Anderson that deals with social issues pertaining to race, religion and sexual orientation. Anderson understands that the current social climate in America facilitates discrimination towards minority groups, and she wishes to educate those belonging to privileged groups about this discrimination that they are either unaware of or choose to ignore. Throughout her paintings, she explores the fears and desperation of five people belonging to different minority groups who despise the labels society has seemingly given them. Through this, she hopes for viewers to empathize with each person’s story so that they may feel more inclined to take real action against discrimination in their everyday lives.