Art is many things to me. It is a past-time that entertains me, my family, and friends on weekends as we sit, drawing together at the cafe while listening to music. Art is a means of expression for a multitude of feelings and the stories that accompany them. Art is a balm to my grief and sorrow, a platform for celebration.
Today’s Art Every Day of the Month entry offers art as a pathway to social justice. Over the last two years, up until very recently, I worked as a counselor at a domestic violence shelter. Tonight when I sat down to spend time with my creative spirit, I found myself offering encouragement to those who suffer from domestic violence. The piece I did might just as well speak to someone else who is going through a difficult time, but it was made with DV victims and survivors in mind.
Being so invested in a movement of this magnitude is hard to simply walk away from. My AEDM offering connected me with a matter which is important to my heart. It makes me realize that often when I make art, I find myself wanting to hold onto the product. This one is different, I can’t wait to share it with someone. I hope it will find a home with someone who needs the message.