Black Lives Matter
Like many of you, I’ve spent the last few weeks reading, learning, watching, and feeling — feeling deeply. My heart goes out to all souls in pain and for those demanding justice and peace. I see you now. I should have seen you more clearly before.
I stopped the Quarantine Series to pay attention, but I could not stop painting. It’s through paint that I work through emotions and seek clarity. So I dropped in and worked my way through. It was an intense and heartbreaking space to live in for a week. I worked through an enormous range of emotions from shock, fear, guilt, sadness, and anger, but ended with notes of hope. I believe real, lasting change is possible, and I want to be a part of it.
This series is made up of 18 individual pieces. Each panel houses one or two letters when united it spells out “BLACK LIVES MATTER” This series is a work on paper. Each individual piece is mounted to wood panel and framed in natural maple, white or black wood frames. You choose. Final dimension is 12” x 15” x 2”D
100% of the proceeds will be donated to organizations focused on combating systemic racism, ending police violence, and providing opportunities for black youth to thrive.
Many thanks and much respect to the voices mobilizing to affect real change. If you are able, please join me by purchasing a piece to support this movement. These are the inspiring organizations we’ll be backing together:
“BLM’s #WhatMatters2020 will focus on issues concerning racial injustice, police brutality, criminal justice reform, Black immigration, economic injustice, LGBTQIA+ and human rights, environmental injustice, access to healthcare, access to quality education, and voting rights and suppression.”
“The focus of our work is centered on teaching our girls to embrace self-actualization, self-confidence, and self efficacy; we uplift racial justice and equity so that our girls can not only survive but thrive within spaces in the fullness of their unique selves.”
“The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.”
I know this is not enough, and this doesn’t mean I’m done, but it is a start.