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.
“How does one create an image that depicts the ideology of white supremacy that so fully permeates our systems, institutions, hearts, minds and actions? Images of men in white hoods or neo-nazi marchers does not fully illustrate white supremacy. If it only lived in that extreme, we could pull it up by its roots. But that image lets us off the hook as it lives with all of us, everywhere...
Maybe the best image to capture this moment is an image of nothing but whiteness. A stark image of our current reality. An image of potential. An image of a truth we have refused to understand and hold space for. It is an image of complicity, failure, and hope (if that is possible) as I am unable to put in one image what I know, what I don’t know, what I feel, what I wish were different, and what the work is that needs to be done.”
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.