Lilla Jewel Fund For Women Artist Award Winner
Mirror, Mirror...There I Am!
|Dotty Beetle Books||
I Am Human...We Are Whole!
This is the song I wrote to accompany "Mirror, Mirror, There I Am!"
|Lady Bird Designs|
In awarding me one of three Lilla Jewel Fund For Women Artists, awards, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation commissioned me to create a piece that speaks to Social Justice. My creation, "Mirror, Mirror ... There I Am!" was unveiled at "Justice Within Reach," April 10, 2010.
With my exuberantly colorful, intuitive artworks, starring brown characters, I bring to the forefront, with candor and humor, the truth that we all, no matter our color or culture, are the same – inherently human – entitled to, love, peace, equal treatment and joy.
I aim to give voice, visibility and a leading role in the pictures, and on the stage of “the theatre of humanity and life,” to the dark-skinned among us, whom are so often omitted from any positive, joyful, energetic and life-giving “productions.” These ideas are central in "Mirror, Mirror ... There I Am!"
Social Justice, I believe begins, and ends, with being able to see oneself everywhere, in the sun, the moon, the birds, the bees, the sea, the trees, and especially in all humans of every hue, but especially the dark, melanistic peoples.
Social justice, to me, starts with the ability to be comfortable and confident in who I am, to understand and know, we all are one, with each other and every living thing. The mirrors in “Mirror, Mirror … There I Am!” with each glimpse, “reflect the I in me, so I may see, the me in you, and every living being” of each and every person who peeks at the piece.
Creating art in a variety of media – fabric collage, paint, words, nature, metals and music, I aim to unite all people in joy, to touch you with truth and make you smile.
We often forget, in these our modern, increasingly stratified, multicultural times, the healing power of a simple smile. When we smile we are so much more open to everything!
Lilla Jewel Fund for Women Artists