I was honored to be chosen for a curated art show focusing on Hope in NYC. Originally another piece I painted was chosen, but once I began working on this project I felt it had heavier weight of what hope means to me: Justice and being a voice for the voiceless. The curators agreed to swap the pieces for the show.
I'm sure by now you have seen this hash tag on facebook or instagram. I first saw it this past week and so I researched what was happening. I went to bed that night with a heavy heart, trying to think of what my response should be as an artist to help raise awareness.
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I've been working on these little faces lately and when I woke up the next morning I got the idea to start painting over 300 little girl faces. It was an emotional day for me empathizing with these girls and their families by allowing myself to feel the terror, the sorrow and the great brokenness through each face I sketched out. Each one representing a life and a future.
I know horrific things happen in many places around the world, and we can only do so much as individuals to raise awareness, get involved politically, contribute financially, etc. I hope when people see this installation that they are able to stop and consider ways that we all contribute to the brokenness and the solution. We all can make a difference in our world.
This project surprised me. I've never made an instillation before. There has been 20 hours that have gone into this so far and a couple of friends helped me tie all the strings on. I still want to sew some delicate blue string tears to the faces and put a cascading mass of blue thread in the center ring that puddles on the floor. I think 10 more hours and it should be complete.