The Domino Effect

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Illustration and words by Anna Bane

Adages have always been a linguistic vehicle to assuage conflict. You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs... You can't have your cake and eat it too... If life gives you lemons, make lemonade? In this cul-de-sac scene, the Domino sugar box functions as a symbol of complacency, domesticity, and traditional gender roles. Therefore choosing to let the sugar run empty, to disrupt our patterns of normitivity, redefines the kitchen/domestic sphere as a space that provides us with an opportunity for immediate transparency and action.

I seek here to subvert our habit of “sweetening” conflict to expose the lemon as a raw experience of crisis and sugar as an act of looking the other way; a denial of our discontent. In the year 2018, we must confront the sour taste of our racist, binary-reinforcing, xenophobic trans/homophobic, classist culture, because only through meditating on the bitterness in our mouth can we create a more palatable language around power.


Anna Bane is an artist living and working in Manhattan. Raised in Los Angeles, she was educated at Kenyon College where she studied art history and studio art. Translating her over-active imagination into illustration, Anna entertains the brink at which the everyday delves into the eccentric.


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