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.
This work was created on Halloween, a holiday Hope feels very conflicted by during a time when there is enough scary happening in the world “On this Halloween, the scariest persona walking our streets is the white nationalist. But the KKK hoods of the past are almost passé. The need to hide behind a mask of hate is no longer needed. Today’s racists, anti-semites, and xenophobes boldly proclaim their true identity. They cover their vehicles with bumper stickers claiming patriotism. They wear suits, ties, uniforms, and judges’ robes. They clutch their pearls, they serve on boards, they legislate, they preach from the pulpit, and they sit in the Oval Office. If only this was a trick, but it is all too real. Black lives are at risk. Those seeking safety and opportunity in our borders are at risk. Jews and Muslims are at risk. Those who will question and resist are at risk. Women and babies are at risk. The world has seen this before. If only it was about ripping off the white robes and shining the light into the faces of bigotry…but we already know who they are.”
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.