I haven't updated this blog in the last few months-- and I've since experienced a life-changing collaborative performance project, spent a month in New Orleans making art and trying to support the Aquarium Gallery, and in the last week gave a talk in my hometown about art & activism, and spent several days in DC, meeting with the rest of the general committee of FCNL, and lobbying to end mass incarceration.
I've also been feeling my feelings.
Today I saw a headline that said "Trump Protests Could Be the Start of a New Civil Rights Era". Several people have already said to me, "we need your art now".
Somehow, I haven't made anything yet (in the last week). I've been cooking up big ideas but haven't sat down to paint or draw on this. And I agree, we need art right now. I often turn to music to fuel me in various ways, and I wish there was a playlist of songs for this time, songs about pain, hope, rage, revolution, love, truth, creation.. And then I thought, I could share some art that gets me going right now.
Here are a quick few pieces from contemporary artists for which I've felt something enough to save the images (Instagram can be an awesome tool, that's how I find a lot of great art). I'm sorry I don't have the name for one of the artists, if you know whose piece it is please let me know.
Also, check out Justseeds.org.