Project Update - A House Divided

Hi folks! It’s been a minute since I’ve written anything, sorry about that. I love the idea of a blog, but struggle with what to write about, since I don’t love talking about myself.

This project however is much different. I could talk about this all day. As an artist, I believe I have a bigger responsibility than just painting pretty pictures. Don’t get my wrong, I love to paint and lately it’s has been tiny frogs, but I truly believe that artists are recorders of history. Whether it’s through music, dance, the spoken word

or visual arts, artists often tell the story of history viewed through their lens.

I started “A House Divided” after the events of January 6th.

I think it was my way to make sense of the chaos and try to put some order into what

took place that day in Washington D.C. I wanted to tell the story of insurrection in America from the people that participated in and were most affected by what took place in the halls of Congress. My intention was to tell this story on two panels using the words of those present and to finish before the November 2022 elections.

I spent countless hours combing through hundreds of social media accounts and accumulating thousands of tweets (both active & deleted), images, interviews, and news items. This project has literally taken me 20 months and hundreds of dollars to complete and now I realize this is bigger than two panels. It is both interesting and horrifying to see the words and images all accumulated in one place. Because my panels are only so big and can only hold so much, I am adding some videos. I want all of our House members voices to be included. It was too hard, and I felt extremely unfair to not represent the voices of all of our House representatives whose lives were altered on January 6th.

Along with those voices, I have decided to include the voices of regular folks who were watching the events with horror from their homes or offices on that Wednesday. To that effect, if you would like to be included, please feel free to reach out to me. I am looking for both audio and video submissions to intersperse with images from that day.

My intention is to still have this work done before the November 8th midterm election and available to view on a virtual gallery. I am also raising funds to purchase larger panels and to put this work in a physical gallery because it should be seen by everyone. This work highlights the anger, the fear, the destruction, the sadness, and the incredible patriotism of that day all in one space and has caused me to pause many times while creating it.

Follow this space for more updates and progress on this work, and thank you for visiting.

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