Color and Stone, from the show Flight about the refugee crisis
A new piece created specifically for this show which opened March 20, 2016 in Northampton, MA
(and shown again April, 2017, at the second Flight show, Springfield College, Springfield, MA)
Color and Stone, 2016. c. 86” x 42”.
Watercolor crayon, pastel, sidewalk chalk, and raw canvas.
The figures are life-size.
This piece is for all the girls and women in refugee camps who have no voice.
It is about the rampant domestic violence in camps.
They say it is the conditions — close quarters, loss of hope. They say it is the culture, the religion. But what is done is not right.
Rape. Beat. Violate. These do not fall within the realm of human dignity.
The average stay in a camp is between 17 and 25 years. A girl born here can grow to be a woman, even have children. She has never known another life, has never known what it is to not live under the threat of violation by a man.
When I make or write a piece, it has to have within it some vestige of hope or healing. Two things play that part in this one. The colors of the chakras — used for the colors of the skin — and a rock I have placed in the suitcase.
As a survivor myself of a brutal childhood, even now — after so many years of healing — I seek what is positive to help me thrive.
The colors of the chakras signify here that you can survive and thrive because there is more than just your earthly body.
The rock — a fragment of the earth itself — is something to hold onto that is your own, so you can reach for the energy of the earth mother and Spirit, know that they are watching over you, guiding you, and giving you strength, no matter what happens or where you go.