29 Mar Gold Spa & King Soopers
Gold Spa & King Soopers
Diptych, individual pieces 9″x12″
Sumi ink wash, beeswax, palo santo ash on watercolor paper
This kind of work arises out of a troubled heart.
A few weeks ago, insomnia paid me a visit. After lying awake in bed for a couple of hours, I gave up and moved over to my studio, picked up a sketchbook and began to draw. I knew what was hurting me, why I couldn’t sleep. It was a few days after the mass shooting in Atlanta—eight people murdered at massage businesses—and my heart was throbbing with anger, sorrow, disillusionment. Shortly after I started drawing that night, a concept emerged and I knew I needed to make a visual response.
I worked on the piece (which I’d intended to title “Gold Spa” ) for a few days, but before I could finish it I learned of that second mass shooting in a Colorado grocery store, with ten more human lives erased. So I expanded the original vision to address this tragedy, too.
My intention for this work is to honor the humans who are not with us anymore. To contemplate that the loss of each of these lives impacts many hundreds of people via the suffering and sorrow spread to their families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and communities. To recognize the rush of anguish and fear this violence distributes in our society. And to acknowledge that when something happens to any one of us, it happens to us all.