Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Journaling for Justice


Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Martese Johnson, Walter Scott, Freddy Gray and the list goes on and on.  I will speak your names.  I will paint them.  I will pray for your families and for our world.  


(I will donate all proceeds from prints of this piece, entitled "Meditation on #blacklivesmatter" to Showing Up for Racial Justice.)

 I will be an interrupter.  I will demand justice.   Stencils used in this art journal page: 


Hebrew Calligraphy                          Hands                                      Five Hamsas
   


The translation of the Hebrew Stencil is: 

May the Lord bless and protect you:
May the light of The Lord shine upon you, and may the Lord be gracious to you:
May the Lord's presence be with you and give you peace.


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20 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much Susi. I had to do something. What's happening in this country is insane.

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  2. Wonderful piece, Jessica. Thank you.

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  3. Beautiful and powerful piece. "I will be an interrupter." Love that.

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    1. Thank you Lynda. I love that phrase too. And her essay is so powerful.

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  4. It makes me crazy Jessica...Art can help us express and put good into the world...thank you for being brave...I find myself having to tune it out...i feel so helpless at times. Anger doesn't help and I feel it well up when I see/experience injustice. Your work is lovely...

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    1. Thank you Elise. It is hard to let these feeling in. I feel better painting them out of me. I feel like I'm "doing" something.

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  5. Most of us pray in silence. You have prayed so that the world might see!

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  6. Most of us pray in silence. You have prayed so that the world might see!

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  7. Jessica~
    You have done what I believe the heart of art should be about--melding consciousness, compassion, and concern in a visual format that stirs the soul. Brava for raising your artistic voice in the service of humanity! As Nina Simone said, "How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? To me that is the definition of an artist." Blessings to you and the spirits of all who have given their lives and left their light for us to see better.

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  8. I love this piece, Jessica. I also love that you take the time to express (via art) your feelings. I need to do that more, I did journal after the Ferguson situation last year, but I never shared it. Like you though, I continue to be so very troubled with all the violence. Thank you for speaking.

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  9. How beautiful this piece and your heart and soul. You amaze me. Love.

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  10. I love that you're doing this. I often think that I should try and do work that reflects more than my own mundane everyday thoughts. Sometimes I actually take the next step, but not nearly enough. And these things that affect our society and our planet are important. Thank you for the reminder. Your work is amazing. It always is. :-)

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  11. Breathtaking! I too am stunned at what is happening in our country. This is a great way to illustrate your feelings.

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