“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.
- The power of words
- Words of welcome and acceptance
- Words of exclusion and hate
- Groups of people targeted and excluded
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: