Frankly, it’s hard to know what to say after all the events that have transpired since January. It feels like a lifetime ago, already. There are so many people arguing and divided that it sometimes just feels hopeless. There are so many things I want to say, but don’t know if I should say or even if it’s the right time to say them. If I say them will they even help? I have no idea. No one knows how the rest of this will pan out. I truly believe we haven’t hit the bottom yet, but again, who knows.
There is one thing I do know it’s that things need to change. How can I contribute to that change or at least the change I want to see? The only change I have control over is the change within myself and the environment I create. If I believe that we need more diversity in the creative community it starts with how I create. If I believe we need to be more environmentally conscious that starts with changing the way I create. If I believe art can change our view of the world it starts with me changing what I create.
I am tired of seeing our creative community chase trends to get Instagram or Facebook famous. I want this community of photographers and artists to use their work to really say something, make an impact with it, care about what you are putting out into the world. If you’re not doing that, than what’s the point of art in the first place? Because if it’s superficial than aren’t you using your influence to create more superficiality. Let’s not do that OK? Let’s start to care about our work again and give it some quality.
Maybe you’re thinking to yourself that art doesn’t have a place in politics or beliefs it just needs to look pretty. But that’s where you are wrong, so wrong. Art has had long history of pushing societal boundaries and shaping spans of history. Have you taken an art history class? Art is an important function in expressing societal issues. It has great emotional impact on people. One photo, video, painting, etc. can spark an entire movement and has for a long time. It’s how we as a society spread messages of change.
Here is an amazing article of the history of protest art and how it’s impacted social movements. https://www.format.com/magazine/features/art/brief-history-protest-art
And if someone says they don’t like you’re art because of the message you are trying to convey than guess what? You’re doing right. You’re making change and making a difference. Keep using your voice to make change. And if you’re not, deeply look inside yourself and understand why you are making art. Maybe you just want to bring happiness into the world and that’s OK too, but use it for good, use it to say something, use it for change. Don’t hold back, just be you and what you believe in.
I don't often share looks inside my sketchbooks, but lately I have drawing, collaging (is that a word) and painting things I am feeling. Maybe one day I'll make a poster on illustrator of some of them. We'll see what happens. For now it'll be a part of the sketchbook project, which you can find more information about here.
*Update: I did a quick graphic from this design in Canva because I wasn't planning on using illustrator for it, but thought it would be fun to mock it up. It was fun and I kind of like it! Here it is and feel free to share!