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.
Another tool for truth…the camera. And in the hands of an artist or journalist it can change the world. Throughout recent history photographers have brought us images that gave us real and important glimpses into the actions, places, and people that we need to see. In our collective understanding of the world around us, photography matters.
Think about the photos that have touched you, shocked you, brought you incredible joy. I think of images like Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’ or Jeff Widener’s capture of a man standing defiantly in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square. The horrors of war, the beauty of nature, the truth of torture, the relief of liberation…all are known by the masses through photography. I think of the the many images from the Civil Rights movement that we know shifted the hearts and minds of many who had sat passively on the side lines. The photos of Emmett Till’s open casket, police dogs attacking citizens, children knocked down by the water rushing from fire houses, men beaten with ax handles, or the arrest of Rosa Parks…all cracked open the darkness of hate for all to see. Truth.
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.