Words to Live By
What will happen over the next 52 weeks? No one knows for sure, and yet this is a moment in history when we are each being called to choose sides and stand up for what we believe in. Silence is acquiescence.
My resolution this year is to keep the conversation in my head positive and action-oriented, to support positive change and counteract the massive attacks on social, economic and environmental justice that we are witnessing, and not just in the United States.
I've come up with a list of 52 words to focus on (one per week for the next year) and am creating a postcard-sized mixed media artwork to illustrate each one. As I've been working and talking about this project with friends, it's become clear that I'm not alone in my feelings, and not the only one who might benefit from staying focused on positive action.
This project has evolved from merely a personal project to one that uses art as a way of encouraging positive action, building resilience, encouraging resistance to violence, protesting inequalities, spreading empathy and compassion, and just generally making our local communities (and by extension our countries) safer, more welcoming and inclusive places.
Early in 2017 I created a Kickstarter campaign to invite people to sign up to receive the words and artwork either by email or as physical postcards in the mail. The funds raised are going towards offsetting the printing and mailing costs of the cards.
The images are calls to pay attention, to check in with your mindset, breathe a little more deeply and remember you're not alone.
To learn more about the project or to sign up to receive the (e)postcards, please send me an email.