As the hours and days pass since Las Vegas, yet another mass shooting that has killed more of the United States’ children, parents, sisters and brothers – my anger is becoming louder than my grief. I sit here at my desk, behind the computer screen of privilege and ask myself: what more can I do besides donate my time and money?
On a recent visit to the Louvre, I stood in front of Eugene Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People" for what felt like hours. I was overwhelmed with how timely the beauty of this painting still is. I was transfixed by the image of this goddess of liberty, rising above the darkness of a deadly French Revolution. It is said: "Delacroix watched the rebellion from his window, and though he didn't take up arms he wanted to show his political views through painting."
Now seems as good a time as any to officially announce a collaboration with my talented friend and activist, the amazing Ro Fino. She is currently hosting a monthly show in NY called "Not My President: A Monthly Show of Resistance." Every month since the Women's March in DC, she has been gathering musicians and artists together somewhere in NYC to raise money for the cause of the moment. A lot of us are feeling overwhelmed by all of the ways to get involved, and this is a great way to support a variety of charities while meeting others in the community with similar concerns. (It still terrifies me that there are some without concern - they walk among us!)
This month's show will be on October 21st at Flat Tops in Astoria, Queens. I will be creating prints of Lady Liberty portraits for sale both onsite at the show and also online. Additional information to follow in the coming weeks.