Saturday, June 24, 2017

“Our Fractured Homeland” by Tricia Deck

“Our Fractured Homeland” by Tricia Deck

This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
 
Artist’s Statement: 
Today’s political climate is like nothing we have ever seen. There is so much uncertainty and fear about what will happen. Our political parties are only fighting against each other, with no apparent hope for resolution. Neither side is willing to work together in a bipartisan way. I created my quilt with the visceral fear and realization that our country is fractured! I drew our country’s borders and fractured it from the heartland.

Hear a message from Tricia about her piece below:

Friday, June 23, 2017

“Zahra, Age 5, Syrian Refugee” by Sandra Bruce



“Zahra, Age 5, Syrian Refugee” by Sandra Bruce


This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
 
Artist’s Statement: 
When I first saw the photo of Zahra, taken by Muhammed Muheisen, I knew I would have to make a quilt of her in my Matrix technique. Her face, and especially her eyes, say so much about what she has endured in her young life, and I wanted to capture it in fabric. The children of Syria have suffered beyond belief, and as a mother my heart goes out to them. Her pink hair ties remind us that despite her plight, she is merely a small child, who deserves a childhood, as all children do. The quilt contains approximately 500 2-inch squares, many of them pieced. Photo used with permission from The Associated Press.

Hear a message from Sandra about her piece below:

“#notnormal” by Kristin La Flamme


“#notnormal” by Kristin La Flamme

This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
Artist’s Statement:
Up is down and down is up. Lies and misdirection are commonplace. Tearing down the establishment is seen as progress. This piece calls attention to the normalization of Donald Trump’s words and actions on his way to, and in, the White House.


Hear a message from Kristin about her piece below:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

“Word Power” by Ann Lee


“Word Power” by Ann Lee

This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.

Artist’s Statement:

This work started with four panels of words recycled from a piece I created in response to Trump’s campaign call for a border wall. The four panels represented:
  • The power of words
  • Words of welcome and acceptance
  • Words of exclusion and hate
  • Groups of people targeted and excluded
It was a 3-D piece with a looming black wall composed of dark hateful words that trap and obscure the color contributed by the diverse mix of people in this wonderful country and threaten to overpower the loving white words. Phrases and sayings about the power of words formed the base. Overall, I was trying to depict the power of words through this piece and how they can be forces for good or evil. Prior to the election, it was the negativity that the Trump wall represented to me that came through most strongly in the piece.

As I reworked the piece to convert it to a wall quilt, my eternal optimism came to the foreground again. As in all of life, the current political situation is a complicated mix of black, white and colors; good and evil. Each comes to surface at different times and circumstances. As I began stitching more words over the original panels, I found that I was creating a chronicle of my longing for harmony, cooperation, and working together. It became a call for digging in, doing the hard work of coming to compromise, and learning to really know and respect each other as human beings.

For many years now, creating art has often provided me with an outlet for coping with difficult situations. The Threads of Resistance show gave me a reason to put all my worries and concerns about our political situation into another artwork to stave off overwhelming anxiety.

Hear a message from Ann about her piece below:

“Seeking Refuge” by Do Palma


“Seeking Refuge” by Do Palma


This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
Artist’s Statement: 
This is my response to the ongoing refugee crisis around the world. In addition to paying tribute to the suffering of so many, I am also frustrated at my own country’s refusal to settle refugees, in spite of our capability to do so.

Hear a message from Do about her piece below:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

“Capitol Guns” by Ellen November


“Capitol Guns” by Ellen November

This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.

NOTE: The artist’s statements, both written and audio, were made before the June 14 shooting in Washington, D.C., which severely injured Republican Whip Steve Scalise. 

Artist’s Statement: 

There was a mass shooting at UC Santa Barbara in 2015. A local son was shot and killed during this event. This pushed me to join Moms Demand Action, a program of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country, with more than 3 million grassroots supporters. I do not want to see another senseless death due to gun violence.

I was greatly disappointed that neither the House or Senate would bring the topic of gun violence advocacy to the floor for a discussion. Moms Demand Action is working to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.

My art piece, “Capitol Guns,” is my statement on the disregard for addressing the gun violence epidemic in the United States. Perhaps the NRA lobbyists own the House and Senate, which prevents our elected officials from acting to save lives. Even after the tragic shooting of one of their own, Gabby Gifford, there was no action taken. Even after the devastating mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, no action was taken. And more recently, San Bernardino and the 49 lives lost in Orlando.

I’m looking to you to save lives by supporting common-sense measures like background checks to curb gun violence. We need to work to prevent even one more senseless death. Change the Capitol Building from a “House of Guns” to a “House of Reason.”

Hear a message from Ellen about her piece below:

“A Day to Remember” by Emily Robertson


“A Day to Remember” by Emily Robertson

This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
 
Artist’s Statement: 
As soon as I knew there was going to be a march, I knew I needed to be there and be a part of it. The day was one of the most memorable days of my life. We were more than 500,000 in number and all of one accord, to protest the threats against our rights as women and as citizens of this country. I wanted to portray the magnitude of the crowd, the solemnity of the issues, and the congeniality of the crowd.

Hear a message from Emily about her piece below: