Pen and ink, watercolor, colored pencil, metallic paint on wood panel
"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even if her chains look very different than my own." ~Audre Lorde
I did this piece in support of Black Lives Matter. Moving left to right, the identity of black men and women was (and still is) defined by those in power, often with bloodshed. With many acts, both great and mundane, they struggled to define themselves, to have the right to exist in places they were not allowed to exist before. The right to education, self determination, the right to vote, the right to not be judged by the color of their skin. May we never grow complacent. May we always reevaluate, look honestly inward, and constantly evaluate our prejudices and strive to obliterate them.
In 2017 I feel the weight of hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, and oppression. As an educated, middle class, white woman I recognize my privilege and pledge to use it to alleviate suffering, right what is broken in my country, listen, and hold space for others.
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