Alex Silva Knits the Fractious Resistance
We are in historic times. Not only is there a new President who won the office in a surprise upset through the Electoral College, but a vocal resistance to the new administration is at a scale this country has never seen. The first real show of power by new President’s opponents was on full display the day after Inauguration Day at “The Women’s March” in DC, and the sister marches that took place in cities throughout the world. It’s estimated upwards of 4 million women and their allies marched – truly unprecedented. One of the most stable images from that march is the thousands of pink hats worn by marchers, all knit at home. The meaning of the hat is different from person to person, but one thing is clear: it was a part of the resistance. This past Sunday’s The New York Times Magazine chose to feature this new feminist movement for their cover story and invited Alex Silva to create the imagery for the magazine’s cover.
The cover is deceptively simple, saying just “RESIST,” but each letter is knit out of pink yarn and distressed. Alex created each letter separately, and then distressed each of them. Even though the cover of the magazine simply says Resist, the story is much more complex with an earned headline saying, ‘How a Fractious Women’s Movement Came to Lead the Left.’ The reporting by the magazine bears this out, that the movement is fractious and Alex illustrates that reality by having each letter distressed. We all know that if you pull one string on a sweater it can unravel the whole thing, so the question right now is how long will this resistance hold together despite the fact that many of the groups marching under the same banner had very different goals just one month ago? Right now the resistance is standing together, displaying a single message that we can still read. There’s no way to know how long it will be this way, but for now we can see what Alex spelled out clear as day: Resist.