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 a day when there is much talk about America’s shifting role in the war in Syria, let us not forget that WAR IS TRAUMA…period. What has happened in Syria is an epic and horrific failure on a local, national, and global level. Big bullies with lots of weaponry and awful agendas have killed and imperiled millions of people and created an unprecedented crisis. Millions of lives have been lost, damaged, shifted, and forever altered. And rather than focusing on the timeline, failed leadership, and statistics that are just too shocking, I find myself thinking about the trauma that will impact generations. Children have been bombed in their homes, drowned in the sea as they fled, lost their families, died of famine, or now live in constant chaos and fear. So, in the middle of determining whether WE should stay or go, let us understand that war is always awful and the reverberations of its inhumanity will course throughout all the people of the planet.
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.