All artwork done in Procreate – exploring fruits and veggies.
I was going to skip a few daily prompts due to my disgust about what was happening to this Country. Instead, I found the needed escape in doing art. I also did some phone calling and letter writing to express my feelings and call for action. I also unfriended several people on facebook, people I know they voted for a shallow racist. I can no longer feel comfortable sharing my life with them. They live in an alternate reality that I want no part of. They are a big part of the problem.
I normally want to keep my politics out of my art, but I find that is a white privilege action (to compartmentalize with ease). Art and politics always mix. At times it is a more subtle mix like how free and supportive government is when it comes to arts. We may not fully appreciate that, because we have many freedoms here in the US. Yet in other parts of the world, art is heavily monitored. In history, western art has always been dominated by white male artists. Galleries and museums tend to value male and known artists. Those artists tend to fill the space, those works are what we see and learn is of value. Politics is always intertwined in everything and every aspect of our lives.
What happened in our Capitol was unfortunately predictable, layered with our white supremacy legacy. It was ugly. It is uggy. Government supporting the lies, a foolish population believing those lies, a willingness to take action on those lies. This, my friends, is the recipe for facism.
I will keep hope. That maybe, just maybe, people are seeing the bigger picture and have a willingness to address the systemic issues in our county,