The Obstruction Project: July 2019


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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 BuddeBishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall HollerithDean of Washington National Cathedral
The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown DouglasCanon Theologian of Washington National Cathedral

Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump

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.


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 BridgeCampaign ZeroBlack Lives MatterEqual Justice InitiativeSouthern Poverty Law CenterNational Museum of African American History and CultureCivil Rights MuseumBlack Women in Visual ArtThe Sentencing Project, and Black Women in Politics.