I had been debating as to what to blog until I watched the news a few nights back and saw, the tremendous show of solidarity in Paris when around two million people took to the streets... and then I read Marianne Williamson's blog "How Terror Loses and Humanity Wins". Here is an excerpt from it:
"A rally of 2 million people on the streets of Paris is a beautiful show of solidarity, ultimately even more so if it becomes a template for how we live our lives each day. We need to join as brothers and sisters now, not just as a reaction to tragedies, but as a way of preventing tragedies. Every decent man, woman and child at that rally felt like they belonged to something, felt they were part of something, felt they were standing for something meaningful that day... and that is the answer." You can read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marianne-williamson/how-terror-loses-and-huma_b_6453868.html
Coincidentally I've not long completed a painting that illustrates this, so it feels appropriate to share it here now (and shortly it will be on the main website). It is a work I'm very proud of and which I feel is my best 'Ideation' painting yet. It has just been in a national exhibition in Wanaka, 'The Aspiring Art Award' where although it was accepted, it did not receive any awards (much to my sensitive ego's disappointment!). Here's the work, "Lest We Forget":
...and the story behind it: It all began because I wanted to illustrate the idea of 'connection' by jigsawing people together. Once I began the concept (on paper), the idea took on a life of its own. Eventually, I produced a unit tessellation of an interconnected man and woman which I repeated and formed into a sphere. This became the initial painting (which took many weeks!). I could see all sorts of possible interpretations related not only to our connection with each other but to all other life-forms and our responsibility as caretakers of the world. I initially titled it "Remember Our Humanity", after exploring and linking my work to my answer to "How long will we remain masters of our creations?", a question posed in a design thinking paper I was taking (another whole story!). In the end though, I added in the white t-shirted figure with the watch to bring in the human concept of linear time and changed the title to "Lest We Forget" in reference to our responsibility not only to the earth and its nonhuman inhabitants, but to providing peaceful solutions to human conflict (ie not war), which will be essential to ensuring the survival of our species.
I hope that made sense!!!! I would love your feedback as to what this image means to you. You can do so in the comments below, or on my facebook page (which I have just created - click on the facebook icon at the top of the page to go there).
Happy New Year everyone. May 2015 bring you much love, joy and happiness. May the inevitable challenges you face be endurable and may you realise the gift that you all are to humanity itself.
Sending you all my love and best wishes for 2015 and beyond