Late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, I wrote Artists: a Call to Arms.
This was my gut reaction to the 2016 US Elections.
The next couple days were a blur. I felt sick, exhausted, emotional, scared, confused, frustrated, lost. And a big part of me still does.
I can’t say that I’ve completely come to terms with all that’s happening in our country right now.
Who knows how these next four years will play out. My guess is that it’s not going to be easy. We’re going to have to fight hard to keep some of the rights we’ve won over the past eight years, and fight even harder to win the rights that are still technically on the table (or keep getting brought back to the table).
But like I said on Wednesday, artists can make a difference.
We can participate in the conversation and we can find ways to form new dialogues.
We can connect communities and bring people together.
And hopefully we can help each other feel a little more safe, find ways to heal, and take steps to move forward.
I’m Trying to Look Ahead
I’ve always had questions about the world around me, and I use art as a way to explore the different facets of my identity, my community, and my environment. This has lead me to make work that examines social issues, many of which feel concerningly relevant as January 20th, 2017, Inauguration Day, approaches.
My goal has always been to bring awareness to the causes that I care about, and it’s rare that I ever try to make money off of my projects.
I make art because I have to. It’s allows me to talk to people about the problems I see and communicate my ideas and emotions more effectively.
But somehow, I never knew how I could make a bigger impact until recently.
A talented, inspiring, and insightful friend, Charissa Lucille, shared an article about artists selling their work and donating the proceeds to organizations. And my initial thought was, “that’s amazing, I wish I could do that.”
And then…I realized I could!
Buy Some Art & Make a Difference
I’ve made work about young motherhood, growing up in a bordertown, and living in the Colorado Rockies. And although each project began because I wanted to interpret my own experiences through photography, I realize that they each relate to three major issues that are in the public consciousness right now.
This was a whirlwind of an election year, but one thing was clear: many politicians thing that women’s bodies (and their ability to make choices in their own interest) is up for debate.
Additionally, our country will soon be lead by a man that has 12 sexual harassment and assault accusations against him; our legislature has been trying to defund Planned Parenthood for years; and we just witnessed one of the most well-qualified presidential candidates of all time (and a woman) loose because of an antiquated voting system.
I think it’s fair to say that I’m pretty nervous about the years to come. Which is why I want to help strengthen the organizations that are fighting for our rights.
To do so, I’m selling the remaining 17 copies of Young Mothers: Photographs and Interviews, and 75% of the proceeds will go to the organization of the buyer’s choosing.