Tomorrow night, I will be part of an art auction on the theme of “Home” to raise funds for Community Dinners’ first affordable housing unit. Community Dinners is an amazing organization that provides weekly free dinners throughout the Seattle area and is now also aiming to provide affordable housing for those in need of a home. Check out the event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/634923663271991/
I donated the piece “Fairmont Park” for the auction. Here is more about the piece:
When I was small, my parents would take me to the ponds of Fairmont Park to throw bread for the ducks, to run wild in the grass, to swing on its swing sets. Those are sweet memories from my home. In the winter of 2010 my aunt, who had been homeless for several months, was raped and killed in Fairmont Park. The park became a stranger to me, the outline of its tree ominous. How can I reconcile these opposing memories of beauty and horror? On the canvas, like in memory, they collide. They fragment. They don’t reconcile, but repel from one another. What happened to my aunt haunts me. To invest in a program like Community Dinners that is focused around providing a safe and kind space to enjoy a meal as well as a safe affordable place to live, helps prevent violence/exploitation of those most vulnerable in society. Making the effort to make this world a safer and kinder place, that is what makes it possible for me to hold onto hope.