I Can’t Breathe

In the wake of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and most recently George Floyd, I wanted to make something that would help me assist change, bring awareness, and provide time to reflect on how I can improve myself as an ally. Art is so meaningful to me because it allows its subject to exist eternally. Once something is made into art, its message is able to extend beyond the artist’s own lifetime and provide a legacy of its own. It is extremely important to me that the grotesque murder of George Floyd and the chronic and systematic racism that plagues African Americans our society remains eternally recognized and unforgotten. I made this piece hoping to help cement the narrative being established that the Black Lives Matter movement is not a fleeting trend but instead something that will change our world and awareness around the realities of racial injustice forever. I auctioned off this particular piece, donating 100% of the profit to Reclaim the Block.

Copyright Elizabeth Negvesky 2020

Elizabeth Negvesky


Elizabeth Negvesky, 17, is a four year senior at Blair Academy from northeast Pennsylvania. She is excited to be joining the Oracle team again as senior editor for the 2019-2020 school year. Her interests include writing, yoga, pottery, and archery. She looks forward to growing the Oracle in closer conjunction with the interests of Blair’s diverse student community.