This painting started way back in June 2020, as a way to channel the grief and, well, June 2020-in-Minneapolis-ness of it all. There was no plan for this painting (there never is, but I felt the chaos of this one acutely) and the result was hard for me to look at, because it brought me right back to sitting—very distantly—with new friends while masked and fearing for their lives, unable to offer any kind of hope. But I stuck with it because it also brings me back to so many acts of goodness. Because of that tension, this painting went months stashed away, pulled out for some new layers and tears, and resisted any sort of resolution for so long. It was a fight every time I propped it on the easel.
But I continued to trust my intuition, and eventually covered up much of the chaos of those initial layers. It’s not gone—I still feel it, in the way that I am still am aware of the institutional suppression of so many risking so much for change. But I trusted my intuition, and let go of what once was to let what wanted to be emerge. This painting has so, so many emotions inside it. It’s practically glowing with them. I don’t know where it will end up, but I hope whoever brings it home will be able to feel the power layered into it. And when they do, they'll be reminded that they too can sit with, wrestle with, and eventually let go of chaos to make something beautiful.
This is a 30x30 inch original acrylic painting on archival quality, spline stretched canvas.
This painting is sold unframed and includes complimentary hanging hardware. It is signed, titled, and dated on the back.
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