COURAGE, COMPASSION, PEACE....ARTISTS AND POETS PROJECT 1
Art by BERNICE WAGNITZ (for the artist's reflections regarding creation of this piece, please see below.)
Artists and Poets is a group dedicated to exploring the collaboration of art and poetry. Responses to our first project have begun to stream in. The artists responded to a quote, written by a young refugee of the Bosnian war upon her return home,
"I pray for courage, compassion and accountability. May the gods make your
troubles as few and far between as my grandmother's teeth. May you realize that
you are never alone, that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you
intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
Spirit, thy will be done, in me and
through me. Peace on earth, world peace, peace, peace, peace."
The artists/writers were asked to use all or one piece or idea from the quote in a piece of art, to share beginning today, Dec.17, 2007.
When all of the pieces come in we will put together a gallery of these works.
I ask that you join us in sharing your thoughts & work.
It is never too late.
We look forward to seeing your interpretations.
This post includes a sampling of the pieces submitted thus far.
Links to the artists' blogs are included at right.
Text by Bernice Wagnitz, whose beautiful piece appears at the top of this post.
A lot of thought went into my piece because homelessness pulls at my heartstrings always. I thought of doing my piece all in black and white but then I also wanted to show the hope and brightness that the soul carries inside of us. The spirit that the American Indians showed in the trail of tears when they were taken from their homes and their beliefs. All the people of Darfur that have not only lost their homes, stock, lively hoods but their families. The children, now in camps with no one to care for them and every day the threat of slaughter hangs over their heads, compassion I thought was the best word to describe them. They need compassion from all of us. Then there's the small picture of a group of many nationalities gathered around the earth and the words Each One, Teach One. This is how it starts, each of us teaching and learning about the ways we can help each other to make the world a peaceful one. The picture of the hand holding the earth with all the flags of the world said to me accountability. All the governments must share in the acountability of how the world peace situation is now.Then a picture of a loving Mother holding her child, you can see the love, feel the love, this is the love we must all feel for the World to have peace,peace, peace. So in pictures and the old woman's words I hoped to convey her meaning.
Art By NIKI GINDER
Poem By Laurie Blau Marshall
I Have No Need for Armor
I live now
With weakened defenses.
I hide from
The creeping, cold,
That are your legacy
And fill the space between us with
The finger warming light
Of lessons learned
In our years
Art and Writing by MARION BARNETT
"Here lies the great gift of the spirit;
though we may have lost our way,
when we come to that realization,
we discover the path once again."
Dr. Lauren Artress