Art as social practice has the power to alter our political landscape, especially on an individual level. Drawing on conceptual tools used by Dadaists, my work encourages new ways of thinking by recontextualizing the issues that affect our communities most. Whether it’s a visual juxtaposition or employment of a familiar object, controversial topics are stripped of their severity, creating a space that promotes education and discourse.
A desire to understand alternate viewpoints informs my art practice. Through conversation and curiosity we find common ground on issues that affect our world most. This understanding, and a willingness to lean into empathy, allows us to cultivate an understanding of one another.
Huerto Roma Verde was kind enough to invite me to stay in their residency and asked me to create a mural for their terrace this past week. Above is the final piece, located in a space used to practice yoga, hold workshops, and heal. It sits opposite a community garden, overlooking studios and workspaces, all in this little oasis in Mexico City.
The past few weeks have been difficult. American politics are always troubling, but this past month has hit me particularly hard. And it made me start thinking about why we do the things we do. Everyone is, or claims to be, fighting for freedoms or the betterment of their communities. Which is wonderful, but we all stand by our opinions on what makes the world better as though their facts. Then we argue them until the arguments evolve from being about the problem to being about who’s right. We forget why we started the conversation in the first place. Advocating and debating just aren’t the same.
I think we forget that governments are responsible for creating structures in which the people can live and thrive. Not ones made up of laws forcing us to snake through the world like we’re rats in a maze. We advocate for better lives, to find joy and happiness in choosing to be a mother, choosing to help someone, choosing conservation, and choosing community. It’s our right to be happy in whatever shape that takes, it is no one’s right to for us into lives we do not wish to live.
Those events, spread over 19 years, are only a sampling of what has happened in one country.
It’s hard to believe anyone would be surprised by the events of January 6th, 2021. It’s time to recognize the world we’re raising children in and the role we have in the disappearance of ‘childhood’.
Color Me Insurrected asks what is acceptable to show children, and brings to light the impact world events have in their lives.
Please download, print, and assemble this zine and keep it handy in your backpack or pocketbook as a tool for spreading information and encouraging political action through education.
Supplies: printed PDF, scissors, and a stapler
Directions for assembly:
This realization led to two products; (1) Big Brother, Acrylic and Oil on canvas, and (2) Science Fiction and Propaganda. Both works aim to draw a connection between Trump and the Cold War.