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!
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.