In my last entry, I mentioned that I was going to visit the Peace Mural exhibition in D.C. I went. My call to action:
Here is a person with something to say. If you live in the area or will be visiting for the inauguration, take a side trip to see and participate in this “piece for peace”.
As I entered the space, I was awestruck by the colorful tapestry of canvases and panels. As I drew deeper into the space, I began to weep at the powerful images and because of the sheer number of them. I wandered to the second floor. There were panels and canvases in process, still wet. I smelled the paint. The artist Huong, a slight woman, came around the corner and approached me. She shook my hand and began talking about the project. I began to cry again. She hugged me!
Huong explained that she was a teenager in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. She said that it was the American Youth protesting the war that inspired and ultimately saved her from that war. Yet the horrors of it lived within. This project, 15 years in the making, is cathartic – and it is magnificent. GO. Themes include: Voices of Children, Voices of the Troops; Mothers in War, The Peace of all Nations, The Flag at War, The Displaced and the Disabled, The cry of Refugees, and The Tortured.
Do you realize how much art is out there? I would love to see statistics: ratio of population to product. How many of us create or do art formally? There is a huge body of work out there – people are speaking, writing, painting, sculpting, dancing, composing – expressing. (Why? Because they have to) Is it all art? I think so.
“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known” – Oscar Wilde
As individuals, we may not like everything we see or hear. We may be partial to a genre and within that genre have our own preferences. We like what communicates to us something that may have gone on in our own brain. We connect with the artist in that way and the artist connects with us.
Art is symbol of thought. Art is communication of thought. Some of it is recognized with universal interest.
I am on my way to visit “Huong’s Peace Mural”, 3336 M St., NW, Washington D.C. The video captures the artist talking about why she created this body of work. She made me cry. I have to see it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpaeTDZcEOs