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August 23, 2017


Matters of Importance (Again)


Matters

When I was a new immigrant to this country, I was the only girl of Korean descent in the elementary school that I attended in #Bakersfield, California.There was a bully named Andrea who used to slap my face regularly.I told my family about this and Marilyn, from our sponsoring American family, started coaching me with my limited English skills and told me the next time it happened, I should look at Andrea in the face and say "Stop it!" And so I did.But it didn't work.

 

So the next thing I knew, Marilyn accompanied me to school & asked me "Where's Andrea?" I pointed her out & witnessed Marilyn going over to talk to Andrea & telling her in no uncertain terms that she was to stop slapping me.

 

It worked. Andrea heard Marilyn loud and clear. Even though I was different, I mattered. 

If someone had said to Marilyn "But what about Andrea? Doesn't she matter too?" Marilyn probably would have said "Of course she matters. But I'm here not because someone is slapping Andrea. I'm here because Jenny is being slapped. And I'm not going to not do or say anything about that." I think that when a nation has a long-standing track record of killing unarmed Black people, it is not illogical for someone witnessing that to speak up. And when the witness stands to speak, they may say something like "Stop it!" Or a collective community of witnesses may say it another way, like #BlackLivesMatter

 

To me, those three words don't mean that other lives don't matter. Because of course Jenny matters & Andrea matters too. This great nation protects the right for Marilyn to speak up and get involved & it protects a collective group of like-minded & concerned witnesses to stand together ... to state the case and shine light on matters of importance.

 

(I am re-posting today, this story of mine which I originally posted on July 12, 2016. #IStandWithKaepernick )

 

August 17, 2017


547 First Stone


Withoutsin547 First Stone
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image by @giacomo.spaconi for this work.

When the continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, "Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her." (John 8:7)

#resist #fakechristianity

August 15, 2017


546 I Still Resist


Resist546 I Still Resist
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on canvas board
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This is the demo painting I made today while teaching a private painting session. /// I've heard sentences come out of defenders of 45 that sound something like this: "He can't be racist or Anti-Semitic ... after all, his son-in-law is Jewish and his daughter has converted to Judaism." And 45 himself might even point to other ironies in his life to say "See? Look at the women and the people of color in my life."

The thing is, just because the likes of 45 has a Jewish son-in-law or a Black cabinet member or a female staff member doesn't mean that he regards them as equal. White supremacy is a practice of allowing "the others" to exist but in a manner where his status reins supremely over them. So yeah, Jared can be in his family. But Jared had better know his fucking place in the family because it is 45's base that recently chanted "We will not be replace by Jews" and it is his base that also chanted "Fuck you faggots." And just because 45 wants to fuck women he grabs by the pussy doesn't mean he wants them to be regarded on the same level as men.

Black Lives Matter isn't a movement that seeks to be supreme over others. It's a movement that is saying "There is deficiency in training that is causing certain poorly trained police who are shooting and killing unarmed Black humans. And this needs to stop because Black lives don't not matter. They matter."

#resistancelog #resist #whitesupremacy #resist

August 08, 2017


Beauty and Function


UtilityMarcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was an American-French painter who liked mocking high art. He is famous for installing everyday objects like a snow shovel, a urinal and other things into gallery settings to ignite discourse about what is and isn't art. His thought was that if we just look at a snow shovel as an object of utility, we won't recognize its aesthetic qualities. Similarly, Christo Javacheff (1935-   ) is a Bulgarian artist who removes the utilitarian aspect of a thing ... usually by wrapping it in fabric in order for the viewer to see the aesthetics of the thing, without bias that can be related to its function.

Then there are abstract artists like Mark Rothko and Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich and Gerhard Richter who didn't wrap objects or hang urinals in galleries but presented fields of color and other abstracted expressions in an effort to move away from the "baggage" associated with representational paintings and/or realism.  Meh.

It's not that I dislike such works. Especially Rothko. I actually love his works. The thing about abstract work (especially contemporary abstract art) is that I'm dubious about whether the art reflects any real skills or any real message. You know ... like the "sewist" who makes a hot mess with fabrics in the name of "freeform" and "be free there's no mistake in art" ... when actually the person doesn't have basic sewing skills and so it's about avoiding certain stitches rather than reinventing/abstracting them ... it bothers me.

Dada-ists would argue back to me that chance is more important than skill. The point being that if art is to reflect life, not everything in a work should be planned and derived from skill. That chance/accidents happen in life ... and that therefore art ought to make room for it too. Touché.

All of these thoughts were dancing in my head while I was washing the dishes. And looking at my cutting board that is used and washed about 6 times a day in our house. Even without wrapping it like Christo or hanging it in a gallery like Duchamp ... wouldn't you agree that it is both utilitarian AND beautiful?

#artandactivismlog

 

 

 

 

June 02, 2017


#resistancelog (contemplation issue)


ContemplateSometimes, in response to what I see happen in the world, I find my art responding. The response could be:

  • an illustration of 22 pink balloons floating into the sky as I contemplate the lives that were lost by a radicalized suicide bomber in #Manchester, England.
  • an oil portrait of a 15-year-old #JordanEdwards as I contemplate how another unarmed Black male was shot to death by a cop in Dallas, Texas.
  • an illustration made with crumpled receipts to point out the ironies of my ecologically-aware yet consumption-driven lifestyle.

Sometimes I hear people ask "What's the solution?"

And I guess what I want to say in response to that is that I don't know, AND
I don't think solutions are linear or simple. X + Y doesn't necessarily = Z.

With social problems so deep-rooted, I wonder if an artist's ability to feel and express and contemplate increases our ability to empathize and better understand matters. And perhaps this is a mightily high service that art delivers to the world ... a service that inspires critical thinking and deep-end feeling ... and moments of honest contemplation ... about society and about self. 

#manchesterunited #blacklivesmatter #contemplation #artandactivism #resistancelog

May 23, 2017


#resistancelog (Merry Christmas edition)


OyChelsea Handler recently went bowling and hung out with three Trump supporters in an effort to better understand Trump supporters. After they bowled, she asked them to name one thing that had caused them to connect with Trump.

You wanna know what the first person said in response to that? He said, "It's when he [Trump] said he was going to bring Merry Christmas back to the white house ..."

So then I tried to recall whether Obama said "Merry Christmas" during his tenure. I Googled it. And you know what came up? Video after video after video of him saying "Merry Christmas." And Michelle saying "Merry Christmas." They also said "Happy Holidays."

But I guess when a Black president says "Merry Christmas" it's not heard by some.

 

May 21, 2017


Separation of Church and State


 

Resist

Protect separation of church and state and reproductive freedom.

#resist #misogyny #malesupremacy #bullshit #mikepence #nolitetebastardescarborundorum #istandwithplannedparenthood

 
 

May 04, 2017


#resistancelog (Nolite te bastardes carborundorum edition)


NoliteThis morning, I woke up to read a few sentences that Mike Pence continues to release to the universe ... including "This is the first time in a long time America has an administration filled top to bottom with pro-lifers" and "Life is winning." As though the destiny of my body is some sort of win-lose game.

These disgusting sentences reflect a desire to control women's bodies. And they almost sound unbelievable ... like they are fictional ... like they are straight out of the pages of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel: The Handmaid's Tale. Have you read it? It's a horrific vision of what could happen when male supremacy strips away the rights of women ... where our bodies and our minds are no longer ours. There's a new breathtaking version being told by @handmaidsonhulu @reedmorano that chills me to the bone ... and reminds me that things like this don't happen over night. They happen over time ... when male supremacists like Pence are not challenged and resisted.

And so ... on this day when Fascist45, Cowardly Ryan, and the GOP aim to repeal the Affordable Care Act once and for all (but only after they exempt their own healthcare by preserving the ACA's coverage for their own lives) as they aim to kill more sick, poor humans, especially the women ... I resist.

#resist #misogyny #thehandmaidstale #margaretatwood #nolitetebastardescarborundorum #dontletthebastardsgrindyoudown #istandwithplannedparenthood #separationofchurchandstate #resistancelog #lockthemup
Photo credit: Nick Holmes

 

March 07, 2017


#resistancelog (Word Choice Edition)


Word choice

As I continue to embrace my outrage against the misogyny of this administration and the world, I am reminded of the importance of being mindful with words. My word choices. My desire to avoid using words that create hierarchy among women.

Case in point. Recently, there was a photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on the couch in the oval office while looking at her phone that went viral. Congressman Cedric Richmond joked about the photo saying that she "really looked familiar in that position." In response to the misogyny reflected in Richmond's comment, Chelsea Clinton called him out on it and defended Conway by saying: "Despicable. I hope @kellyannepolls receives the apology she deserves ..." To which Conway responded to Clinton by saying: "Thank you @chelseaclinton. As strong women ... appreciate you speaking out on this ..."

And it's the word choice of "As strong women" that left me feeling unsettled.

"As strong women" are three words that appear innocuous at the outset but in my opinion, elevate women of privilege and denigrates women with less privilege. When the words "as strong women" are spoken, the unspoken words sound something like: "as better women ... than those weak ones, those poor ones, those slutty ones, those pitiful ones ..."

I feel that if I as a woman am going to fight misogyny, I need to be aware that perceived strength in a woman isn't because that woman is inherently superior, or that perceived weakness in a woman isn't because that woman is inherently inferior.

Sometimes, when a woman exists within an environment of abuse, poverty, sexual oppression, the means for survival includes meekness and other strategies of finding ways to survive ... quietly sometimes ... outlandishly sometimes ... provocatively sometimes ... to finish the day with the currency she needs for her work so she can live another day.

I'm not saying that I don't want to be strong. I just want to talk about strength in ways that don't unknowingly ignore the dynamics of privilege among women and buy into the faulty notion that individual hard work is all I need to overcome structural oppression. As Catharine MacKinnon points out in Feminism Unmodified: "When a few of us overcome all this, we are told we show there are no barriers there and are used as examples to put other women down. She made it—why can't you? We are used as tokens while every problem we share is treated as a special case."

I want to be strong ... and I don't want to huddle with the privileged "as strong women" to inadvertently shame other women. And I don't want any perceived strength on my part to be used to prove that there are no barriers ... but because there are.

March 03, 2017


#resistancelog (oligarch edition)


OligarchsDid you know that:

  • Our new Commerce Secretary is a man named Wilbur Ross?
  • The German bank named Deutsche Bank was discovered to have move and launder $10 billion out of Russia and that those dollars included accounts by Vladimir Putin and other Russian oligarchs?
  • Deutsche Bank has branches in Moscow, New York, and Cyprus (an island country in the East Mediterranean) called Bank of Cyprus?
  • After the laundering scandal, the chairman of Deutsche Bank became chairman of Bank of Cyprus, which is the bank where Russian oligarchs go to launder their money?
  • Two of the largest shareholders of Bank of Cyprus are Russian oligarchs Vickor Vekselberg (friend of Putin) and Dmitry Rybolovlev (known as the King of Fertilizer)? 
  • As Rybolovlev was going through a nasty divorce was buying expensive property in order to tie up his money from the divorce settlement?
  • One of the things Rybolovlev bought in 2008 was a humongous estate in Florida for $100 million from Donald Trump?
  • Donald Trump had bought that Florida estate from an auction, just two years prior in 2006 for $40 million? 
  • Neither oligarch Rybolovlev nor Trump ever met to make this deal but worked only with intermediaries?
  • Aside from Russian Oligarchs Rybolblev and Vekselberg's high stature in the Bank of Cyprus there is one American who also has high stature in that bank and serves as one of its two vice-chairmen and that his name is Wilbur Ross?

Kudos to Rachel Maddow for connecting these very important dots and reporting on all of this on February 27, 2017. Do you want to better understand the disgusting behavior or Russian oligarchs and their track-record of destroying humans in their quest for money? Then I highly recommend that you read Red Notice by Bill Browder. It is an important book.

I think the reason Fascist45 isn't showing his taxes is because once we get forensic auditors to look at his taxes, we will learn that he is as disgusting as these oligarchs who he has been in bed with, with his insatiable thirst for money. Is there a dossier that could potentially ruin Fascist45? If Russian oligarchs were involved with any business dealings where they agreed to pocket Trump a cool $60 million with a real estate transaction, you better believe there is a dossier. That's the way oligarchs do business. You don't get to pocket $60 million for nothing.

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