Prayer Flag (Indigo)
2020. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12 in.
The approval of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act yesterday by the Senate virtually assures its final passage. To me it feels like, finally, an embrace of the job that needed to be done a year ago – the essential duty that was shirked at best and actively opposed at worst by the last administration.
In the interim, we lost half a million Americans to the pandemic. Many of them, I am certain, would not have died if federal leadership had done their job last year.
So today I post a Prayer Flag to remember those lost and to celebrate the new day and new direction that has begun. May the vile dereliction that led me to create the Plague Faces never torture this nation again.
Prayer Flag (Green)
April 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12 in.
So it’s not all pandemic gloom-and-doom here at Magicgroove studio. There’s also pandemic hopefulness. Okay, if not hopefulness then at least the sharing of positive intention and an interlude of grace.
The Prayer Flags series was created in March and April of this year, in that ancient time when it seemed all of us were pulling together, engaged in a common purpose and treating one another with generosity even amid chaos, suffering, and loss. In that time before our leaders turned us against one another, and we realized that our nation, fatefully, was not capable of resisting the virus.
My work thrived with so much solitude, with the new opportunity to focus and explore in the midst of intense changes. The prayer flags appeared, each one an improvisation, a mix of accident and intention. Release of control followed by response, followed again by release of control. I am perfectly happy working that way, despite the moments of apprehension. I know that forging ahead and letting go are necessary to get to a new place.
And people responded, somewhat to my surprise with abstract work.
You know what? It was hope.