I spent my morning walking around the Art Institute looking at amazing paintings, photographs and completely submerged in the art. I felt fulfilled and at times even emotional as I stood in front of the artwork of my favorite artists and looked into their world. I was content … I was happy.
I had no idea of what the day would become as I left and returned home on the bus. Over the years I have tried to maintain my blogs focused on (my) art, the creative process and dealing with the issues that consume me at times.
But tonight, I have to admit I feel numb, reading all the articles about the Boston Marathon and hurt and anger that have been created. As I look back I have really tried to use my life to help individuals make their lives better with my work, teachings and the volunteering I have done in the past. I try to produce art that will enrich people’s lives as well as enriching my life and helping me grow as a person and an artist.
I have read the articles and see all the blame that is push on groups that may have nothing to do with the event. Are we a culture that must find scapegoats to place the blame upon and then everything is better… even if that blame is unjust and hurtful. I understand that the public in general is scared and answers to their questions help us understand and move forward.
The unfair placement of blame only feeds hate and fear and makes the situation escalate. There are so many thoughts going on in my head at this point it is difficult to express them all.
I feel numb because my focus in life has always been about creating and make the world a better place. The idea of some people who have purposely set out to hurt and instill fear in others really confuses me. I grew up in a place and time that many racist judgements and prejudice concepts were instill in me. I struggle with those often and continue to work through those even today. I try to see the good and the potential of beauty in everything.
My thoughts are with the victims and their friends and family. May they find the strength to move forward and may us move as a group towards a world of compassion and respect and not one of scapegoating and fear based blame.