I am really happy to be a member of the group calling themselves, The Artist Circle. We are concerned people, also artists, who think civic duty is admirable. At the same time, being artists, we often depict our experience visually.
These two ideas merged in this Call For Art on the topic of resistance.
Threads of Resistance <——- Click it!
We have a Facebook page too.
I consider myself an art blogger. I have recently come out with a book. And, I am a political person. I am also an outspoken person; I post nude photos of my body and I challenge societal norms by doing so. I do all of these things through my blog and web site, melanietesta.com. Briefly, I considered refraining from putting my name in the footer of this Call For. I wondered if, because I have just published a book, perhaps I should remain neutral. But ultimately, I decided, art is a perfect medium to explore ideas of resistance, and Procion MX dye is the perfect media to do that, and well, I am an artist in need of goals.
After thinking all of this through, I placed my name on the list of organizers.
It is frightening to live out loud, to express our opinions and then remain present to the experience of having done so. Cancer in particular has shown me, it is time to live, out-loud-proud. In-all-respects. In light of this, I would like to say, let us please find the means and the self restraint to speak to one another and express our views without reacting to our fellows, so much as seeking to find common ground, learning to laugh together and trusting that full understanding will unfold.
Let’s all be civil, and have discourse.
And please, let us all make art, like our lives depend on it. It does.