Caroline, Or Change


I was commisioned to illustrate an image for the theatre review of the play, Caroline, or Change. Caroline, a black woman working for a family in the 1960s south, is depicted smoking a cigarette in her maid’s uniform. A dotted line indicates Caroline’s empty pocket - a symbol of her poverty. Furthermore, it reminds us that she has been asked to keep the change left in the pocket of the family’s young son in lieu of an actual raise. The spark from her cigarette signifies the birth of the civil rights movement igniting the country and racial tensions post-emancipation.

The illustration was also selected for the New Yorker Magazine’s  2021 In Review - Year in Illustration feature. 


Art Direction : Alexandra Zsigmond