I created this piece, titled "LIVE PURE JOY", for Oaklands bi-annual competition. The challenge was to create a 2-D piece of art with a thought provoking message promoting positivity, empowerment, and health.
It ended up winning (alongside 9 other great local artists work) and is now on the back of 40 different Public Transit Busses all over Alameda County.
All of the winning pieces will be circulating different county buildings and galleries over the next 2 years.
I am honored to be affiliated with HHREC and am thrilled to know that this image is promoting positivity and creating awareness around very important social services.
Every day we are surrounded by negative imagery, negative messages and negative advertisements.
They remind us that we either aren't good enough, that we don't have enough or that we made a mistake. They rob us of our energy and they give us nothing in return but a feeling of emptiness, unworthiness and depression. - Live Pure Joy is a response to all of that.
Remember what joy looks like when it’s hard to remember. Keep giving this image as a gift and only that. So my only request is this: please do not use this image for commercial purposes.
Acknowledgment is the first step towards connection. Connection is the path towards trust. Trust means strength and growth with others.
Can you explain?
Connection takes effort. Connection can define culture. Attempting to connect means putting in the effort to acknowledge someone else in your space and in your presence.
Smile, make eye contact, say hello. Choose two or more. It's basic.
A simple gesture towards your neighbor, the store clerk, the trash-man or anyone else you might happen to share a space with. It's a sign of respect and a notion of sonder.
I see acknowledgment as an unspoken...