This original relief print is small in size (3″ x 4″), but mighty in message. It comes to you in an 8″ x 10″ black wooden frame with white mat. The work is part of Hope McMath’s #100DaysofHope2018 series, that involves Hope creating a work of art everyday, reflecting on the historic moments, political events, and personal reflections that dominated the final months of 2018.
TRUTH. Something that is, surprisingly, up for debate. On the day this was created, it was the truth wielded by journalist Jamal Khashoggi who had been murdered by the Saudi government. His work, his words, illuminated dark corners. He questioned the misuse of power and the aspirations of the people. His heinous murder and the world’s reaction is this week’s story. Sadly, it isn’t a new story. There is risk in writing for resistance, especially for journalists, especially in an environment where a free press is under attack, especially when truth is being delivered. We need their words…the poets, the storytellers, the whistle blowers, the reporters of our world. It is a dark day and many will try to hide the light that was his life. On the other hand, many are demanding answers, speaking for a voice silenced, and continuing the work.
About the Series
“I will give myself time and creative space each and everyday to reflect on the issues that matter to me most as I look for hope. And this isn’t a blind hope of unfettered optimism, but a hope that is based in truth, understanding, love, equity, and the actions that will bring a brighter future,” says Hope McMath. “Who knows what each day will bring (which reflects the general climate we find ourselves in)…images, words, my thoughts, beauty, anger, fear, and the wisdom of others. They will all be in my favorite medium of relief printmaking and will be more about process than product. I love carving and printing, but don’t give enough time to it. My HOPE is to find joy and meaning in the challenge of making a print everyday and to find some sanity in this season of chaos. I also HOPE that by posting them I will spin some thoughts and motivation into the world, and maybe spark some dialogue and action.”
Each work is printed in a limited edition of 10. The first of each edition of 100 works can be seen at Yellow House.