The theme that has permeated my art for the past year has been an exploration of the lack of dialog around race, culture and disability. My exploration originated in the idea that we choose to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” when it comes to topics like race and culture, which silences the dialog.
In order to develop progressive change in this country, we need to See, Hear, and Speak. I chose to focus on these three verbs, because alone they represent the actions necessary to start genuine effective dialog, which will be the first step to progressive social change.
After attending a professional development training called 'Courageous Conversations' as a teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools district, I felt even more inspired to produce art that fosters that important dialog.