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.

“Two conversations tonight…one with a dear friend and the other with my husband…about today’s active shooter training at the school where they work. These teachers are having to step it up a notch and the protocol is again changing and intensifying. When to hide, when to engage. Who to let in the door, who to lock out. Wait to be told, go with your gut. Trust your students, be on alert. I worry about the emotional impact of this ‘readiness’ on our educators and our children.

What does it mean in our communities when we have to actively engage in the possibility of death in the places once deemed safe? What are those who are elected doing when there is too much violence in our streets and fear in our schools? Does anyone really care or will they/we simply give out paltry charity and weak solutions as the flimsy protection against rampant violence?”

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.