Art and social justice for me are like soil and seeds. The rich soil of artistic expression, paired with concepts of systems, neighborhoods, communities and individuals, is where I find my interest lies. Art provides the space for me to engage with justice issues, to think through them on a deeper and symbolic level.
Here is an image of a fountain I made. It combines the elements of water, clay, air, and fire. The concept that comes through this fountain for me is a metaphor. Just as the vessels are meant for water to be poured through, so we are meant to channel justice, mercy, and humility. We are each humble hand formed vessels, each beautiful image bearers of our Creator. It takes a collaborative process for this fountain to be successful; vessels collaborate to pour the water from one to the next. In our community we are more successful when we work together, working for fairness and justice for everyone. The flowing water is like God’s mercies pouring through us, pouring over us each morning. This piece helps me visualize Micah 6:8, from The Message.
"But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously."