Is this too political?
Here at Art and Soul Space, I try to not be issues-based, barrow-pushing, brow-battering political.
I wish to create a breathing space of spark and light; an honouring of human creative life force. I aim to cultivate beauty and authentic expression amidst the hurly-burly of haranguing horridness that many are faced with daily.
Sharing my Yes Art fits with these desires AND it’s political. So I will stick my neck out, publicly proclaim a passionate opinion and risk whatever flak might arise.
I’ve been political before here at Art and Soul Space blog, and it seemed to sit well with a few of you fine folk out there.
(see Art Heart Resources for troubled times)
Here goes, then…
‘voting’ here in Australia.
The question on the form is:
Should the law be changed
to allow same-sex couples to marry?
Get ready for my rant …
The absurd, discomforting, crazily expensive, non-binding postal survey that we are enduring is a prolonged and gruelling exercise in activating unkindness. One hundred and twenty-two million dollars could be spent in so many healthful, socially supportive ways. The survey is wrong wrong wrong. It is bringing to the surface fundamental fears for safety and security amongst our rainbow population. It is bringing to the surface grizzly, hate-filled, toxic and sometimes violent homophobia.
However, the survey machinery is well and truly cranked into gear, so I figure the thing to do is Vote Yes for equal rights for all humans.
I set about making a piece of Yes Art to place in my Art and Soul studio window.
The purpose is to encourage and hearten LGBTIQ people who might be feeling demoralised, unsafe or threatened.
To be honest, I’m kind of surprised I haven’t seen Yes Art everywhere in Sydney’s inner west. There’s a poster or a banner here and there. And there are dedicated bands of people campaigning behind the scenes, but not much Yes Art. Maybe it is around and I need to get out more.
The creative process of making my Yes Art?
I become utterly absorbed in finding each colour of the rainbow, good and clear and bold, in a glossy magazine. I tear the slabs of colour into small pieces. (Handy uses for hummous containers #573)
I assemble the mosaic style collage into the form of a spiral with wings, which happens to be the Art and Soul logo.
And glue them down. Fiddly. Tweezers. Remember to breathe.
I add the lettering and black outlines, a smattering of glitter
and Bob’s your aunt
and Bertha’s your uncle.
It’s time to display a sign of acceptance of diverse gender expression in the window for all to see.
with love, art and soul from Sally
PS In my next (gulp) bold move, I’ve just created a whole new category for this blog: Art and Social Change. Try clicking on it, if you’re game.
PPS 2 close-ups to show there’s more sparkle than meets the i-phone eye.