One of my new Color Explosion series paintings is included in the 2020 “Expressions” exhibition created by The Whole Person. The Whole Person is a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities in my area. I am one of 17 artists with a disability whose work will a part of this traveling exhibition for the next year. I’m thrilled to be included, and I hope you can make it to see the exhibition. The opening night reception is Friday, March 6, 6-10pm at Rochester Brewing and Roasting Company, 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The opening reception includes entertainment and refreshments, and I will be there throughout the event and I’m happy to talk with you about my work. Swing by and say hi!
You can now peruse the squares in We Will Not Be Silenced. I’ve added all the squares for panel 1, and I’ll keep adding them as I go. This is a large project, and I’ll include quotes from thousands of survivors of sexual assault and harassment, so check back occasionally to see more. I’ll also post them all on social media one by one, where you can share the ones that you find meaningful or that hit home for your experiences.
My hope is to support survivors by giving them a platform to tell their stories, and to provide the validation that they often don’t get from the people around them.
I also want to create an installation that calls for change, and shows how universal having to deal with this is. We can be better as a society, and support survivors and punish perpetrators better. We must do better. This kind of suffering should not be happening, and it’s time that society stops ignoring the experiences of over half its population, and instead stands up for them.
The effect of having all of these panels on display in a gallery, with thousands of quotes, is going to be beyond what I have words to describe. I know being surrounded by that will be intense and validating in the best way possible, and it’s an experience I want to share with as many people as possible. Thus, I’ll be showing it in locations that are available to the public and free. I hope it means something to you too, and that you’ll join me and help me complete this project.
You can view the panels for We Will Not Be Silenced now. I’ll add more as I make them!
I’ve added prints for all of the Exploration collection to my shop.
I’ve added information about the We Will Not Be Silenced series, which is very important to me. It consists of panels featuring quotes from thousands of survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Currently I’m at 500 squares, and I’ve put together 5 panels. By the end of this project, I’ll fill a gallery with these panels and make them available for exhibition all over the world.
It’s a large project, but it’s extremely important to me to do what I can to amplify the voices of survivors. We are usually told to sit down and shut up, and that we should be ashamed because of someone else’s actions against us. I’m here to say that we have every right to speak up, and we need to if we can–it’s the only way that anything will change. We have to all stand together. I’m also here to tell you that no matter what someone else did to you, that is a reflection of them, not at all you. They are the one who should be ashamed. They are the one who should be punished by law. Not you. It was not in any way your fault. If anyone tells you differently, don’t listen to them.
I hear you, I support you, and I’ll share your story if you want.
Thank you for being here, and being a part of this. It means more to me and many other survivors than I can ever put into words.