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 and early 2019.
On the anniversary of MLK’s birth I am reflecting on his fierceness, courage, commitment to change, and his radical fire. We have stripped away much of his legacy by focusing on “negative peace which is the absence of tension” instead of what he was really about…”a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”
Watch carefully how organizations chose to remember. Will they mention racism, economic justice, state-sanctioned violence, anti-war activism, or the need for action? Probably not. They will speak of the kind of peace that was COUNTER to his purpose. They will claim his work as their own. They will deny the fact that most people hated the man and his vision during his life and would likely feel the same today. They will forget that we murdered him for all that he stood for. They will fill rooms with people…black, brown, and white…and claim victory. That is not his truth and we should check ourselves when we further this false narrative. We need to remember him by actually doing something…sitting at a breakfast, visiting a museum, watching people march by is not enough. Show radical love through action.
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.