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My work primarily addresses social injustices and the psychological and psychosocial impact these issues have on youth, minorities, and other undeserved or underrepresented groups.  I explore the possibilities of community in a time when the use and meaning of the word has lost its effectiveness.  My work attempts to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

We continue to be appalled at the numerous acts of violence against youth that carry no consequence.  A fearful helplessness pervades the thoughts of many who wonder, “What protection is available when those in authority who should be our advocates can no longer be trusted?” I do not ignore the reality of what is and thus, I am compelled to address the inequities of neglect, child abuse, violence, and poor influences.  In the midst of violent and often issue-laden situations that are hardly what one would define as community I have chosen to look beyond the ugly and collectively focus on identity, human dignity, and integrity while embracing divergent thinking and collaboration.  From this dichotomy comes the emergence of works having been created to remind the viewer of this forgotten message.

I convey these ideas through printmaking, painting, sculpture, fiber, public art, and other media.  Acknowledgment of society’s current failures evokes a call to action which cannot be ignored.  However, seeking to look beyond the present despair towards a future community is the focus behind my design, shape, texture, color, and use of space.  Forward thinking that looks towards future goals and the betterment of our youth and their growth are keys to keeping a positive outlook in the midst of negative influences.  It is my hope that those who are able to take a moment to view my works will first ponder–then proceed beyond simple musings.

 

Meditative Garden, Havenwoods–Designed and created by Blanche Brown

 

 

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  1. I saw the 30 Americans show today. Excellent! I think the local artists should have been in the main gallery. This is an exceptional show. I liked your portrait by Mutope. And your work shone as usual. I’ll be taking a group from GAC to see it in August for the first Thrusday.

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    • Thanks for the kudos Colleen!  Im hearing very positive comments from everyone who’s gone so far! my heart and mind have really been blessed and touched by the myriad of expressions of so many issues that we can all relate to. It is truly a powerful exhibit. OH Yes Mutope’s artwork is the bomb–you should check out the blog to see the story behind it.

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    • Thanks grace for your comment. 30 Americans will be exhibiting through September 8th. This exhibit was the springboard for my blog which I had been wanting to start for some time. Afterwards I will be documenting my continuing art adventures, interests, poetry, etc.

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  2. I believe this is some of your most in-depth and poignant work. Our future depends on the subjects in this series. Hindsight being 20/20, we must ask ourselves, what are we teaching our children?, by our speech, by our actions, by what we share. Not knowing, not able to know when we don’t know, not knowing to share our good talents, history, and family secrets are devastating to our children. Your art starts ups the conversation regarding – what about the children? Carry on! This is a constant ‘breaking news’ event.

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