Art as a response
and a need to do "something"
Welcome to 2024 my friends! I do not have any resolutions to make or share - Hoping for Peace. I’m not very adept at pretending all is well. I haven’t written for awhile as although my personal world has been quiet, comfortable and my needs have been met I am hyper aware that across the world all is not well.
I admit to feeling depleted and less focused these days by the continuing war - deaths and all the horrors that come with this in Gaza . It’s heartbreaking and mind numbing .
Although I have claimed in the past to be able to take breaks from news and media related -this unrelenting horror of man’s inhumanity to man begs to be noticed.
I choose my news outlets carefully -and give myself a break when too much imagery overwhelms. But I cannot turn away. I am aware that unless you curate your social media and news to reflect all the information out there -and hear directly from those who are imbedded in Gaza the algorithms only take you to the surface ..If even that.
Feeling like an occasional post on social media wasn’t enough I started signing petitions to our members of parliament , local government..for a complete ceasefire .
I’ve attended a couple of local protests -and will continue to do so..
I feel that as artists we have something to say
I’ve been dealing with it the only way I seem to be able to
-by making art and sharing it .
There is a bleak feeling of helplessness which won’t go away
Sharing art is an outlet ..Another way to get the message out
of course it isn’t enough..
Do you create art in response to a situation globally or personally that has moved rattled or disturbed you ? Do you believe art has a place in activism? Does making art help you personally process events beyond your control?
A UK artist /illustrator I follow and admire who has offered a drawing online fundraiser for Gaza (which I participated in) is Sarah Dyer -You can also find her on Instagram
My artist friend Patti Waterfield is offering handmade peace dolls for sale-all proceeds in support for Doctors without Borders. You can message her to select your doll (while they last!) she uploads more every day until they are spoken for.
Thanks for reading ..