This month challenged me beyond belief. It had to be abstract. It couldn’t use ANY of the motifs that I often use–birds, the figure, etc. But I knew my inspiration.
I was responding to the joint letter issued by
The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral
The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian of Washington National Cathedral
The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde recently wrote another letter, this time as an opinion piece published by the New York Times in response to the awful way that Trump retaliated against peaceful protestors and used the church and the Bible to somehow try to support his actions. Trump’s actions outraged and horrified me. And the Christ I have known, studied, and followed all my life would never act that way.
WHAT DID I MAKE?
I installed painted red wooden letters “BE THE CHANGE” in my yard–right on the edge of our property in view to anyone driving by. They are magical in the blue sky green summer landscape, and especially wonderful at night viewed by the light of fireflies.
This quote from Tupac is printed on a 4×7 inch piece of handmade abaca fiber paper and is the companion piece for the outdoor installation.
We gotta make a change
It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes
Let’s change the way we eat,
Lets change the way we live, and
Let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
What we gotta do, to survive
Tupac Shakur from the song Changes
All profits from the sale of this card and all of The Obstruction Project I will donate to the following organizations: Multicultural Bridge, Campaign Zero, Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Civil Rights Museum, Black Women in Visual Art, The Sentencing Project, and Black Women in Politics.