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.
“Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.” -MLK
Protest. It comes in many forms…marching, picketing, boycotting, shutting down streets, walking out, taking a knee. It was a weekend when we were reminded of the power of protests and their limitations. Dr. King believed deeply in the importance of peaceful protest and the inevitability of rage spilling over. Marches have been a tool in all human rights progress…the suffragette movement, the Americans with Disabilities act, civil rights for African Americans, environmental justice, limiting nuclear proliferation, anti war efforts, workers’ rights, and marriage equality and protections for LGBTQI people. It is meant to disrupt our tranquility, to shake our apathy.
I am inspired and motivated by a long history of protest and those I see today who are willing to do so. I can’t speak for why they protest….I do so because I want to demonstrate dissent, shake off my own fear, to hear the voices of others, to express my rage without creating harm, and to be surrounded by similarly-minded people trying to push for progress. I march because we are not done and I take very seriously the baton that has been passed by those who marched before us.
Protest without the real work does little, but it does something. I am trying to find energy for both….to not protest for its own sake, but to do the work behind the message. The march demands we be heard. It shines a bright light into dark corners. It reveals what those in power would rather hide. And it is our right.”
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.