"Hatred is born of fear, it’s born of ignorance. Fear is its father, and isolation is its mother." The words of Christian Picciolini grabbed my depths. According to this former white supremacist, a solution to acts of hatred was empathy even though he and other white supremacists least deserved it.
"Conversations stop violence," a black activist, Theo EJ Wilson, said. Only with heart to heart conversations, fear and ignorance can be replaced with understanding and empathy. The pain of isolation may be lessened. Hatred may be broken.
Picciolini and Wilson's ideas and what they have been doing to put an end to horrible acts of killing one person at a time moved me. Just like them, could each of us be a part of solution to gun violence, reaching out to those whose isolation is boiling to the point of hatred? In this piece, the dove that symbolizes peace is very weak. Yet, it is not dead. It is lifting its head and looking at the woman, as if asking us, "I am in your hands. Help me fly again."
This is my first attempt to combine a painting with a sculpture. I intend to return to this piece after putting it aside for awhile. Meanwhile, could you please give me your honest feedback? Are the painting and the sculpture complimenting or fighting against each other? The painting looks too busy, or the figure, too dirty? Are the colors working? Any input is appreciated.
About "Art in Process"
This page is an window for you to see my creative process. I would like to encourage you to leave your comments here. I hunger for a conversation with you about my art. What kind of emotions or thoughts did my art provoke you? What did you like/dislike? What viewpoint do you agree/disagree to? Your honest feedback will feed my art going forward. Thank you.