This is the time of year when artists like myself collaborate with local art organizations to help them raise money. This year it is more urgent than usual to help keep the doors open for the future.
The times seem especially chaotic, but chaos can bring change and growth. My hope is that we learn to thrive together through these difficult times.
August has been a busy but quiet month of working with other artists on their websites, with poets and writers with their books, and finishing the edits on my first book consisting of poetry alone (no art other than the cover)—but September looks to be even busier.
Marvin Gaye wrote his classic song What’s Going On? in 1971 and nearly fifty years later it sounds like it could have been written today. I started my Postcards to America series last fall because as the mother of two young men of color problems from policing to mass incarceration to healthcare disparities combined with the challenges of climate change were weighing heavily on my mind. When the pandemic started, I thought that no one would want to see artwork about these problems, but I needed to address them for my own peace of mind. I was wrong.
We are all trying to find a way forward through problems we can only solve together—the COVID 19 pandemic, the racism pandemic, the violence pandemic, the climate pandemic. As a mother, and especially as a mother of two young men of color, I feel overwhelmed. Making art and writing poetry is how I process these feelings.
Like everyone else my life has become Zoom-centric. I watch my favorite comic relief on Zoom, listen or read to poetry on Zoom, and consulting and teaching using Zoom. I just want to zoom ahead to future normal. Here are a few of the non-zoom projects I’m working on.
I hope you and your loved ones are all in good health. Let me share a little distraction from the bad news—here are some updates on ongoing creative projects that are keeping me sane during this crisis.
Join Ghostwolf Gallery in celebrating women in the fourth annual Women’s Work exhibition, celebrate the launch of the mural at Little Bird de Papel, and learn about New Mexico Suffragists!
A Roman fertility feast, a Christian martyr losing his life by defying an emperor to secretly marry soldiers to their beloveds,
a Celtic legend about birds mating on February 14th? No matter why February 14 became the day to celebrate love,
we humans have always loved who we love “to the Moon and back again” no matter the obstacles.
This time of year we all spend time looking back and looking forward. Entering 2020 and a new decade, our direction as a country and a planet seem more urgent than ever. And I am reminded that we each only have NOW.