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Nov 09, 2020
In this instance, everything!
What does it matter? Mental health issues are on the rise now. We are all feeling the effects of uncertainty, loneliness and anxiety, especially during the global pandemic we find ourselves in.
Art has the power to make a difference. It can be a beacon for Survival .
What do I mean?
You may be aware of or even experiencing yourself, that mental health issues are on the rise during this horrific pandemic. We are all feeling the effects of uncertainty, loneliness and anxiety. The most vulnerable among us need our help to feel seen, valued and supported.
The city of Broomfield, Colorado commissioned me and 7 other artists to create public murals that bring awareness to vulnerability and inequality, located at the junction of Hwy 128 and US 287. The largest of these murals has been created and painted by me.
This artwork is dedicated to Hunter Hale. He was my best friend's son. Age 22, who died this March 2020. Hunter mattered so incredibly much to his mom, to so many people who knew him and said he was the light in their life. He loved unconditionally. There is no understanding of why. Just loss.
ABOUT THE ART:
The phrase emblazened across the mural "You Matter" echos the sentiment of how I feel about your life, about the life of someone who may not believe it about themselves. It is also the name of an incredibly informative and sensitive organization, www.youmatter.org, a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness, created and administered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This is so valuable because there is not enough conversation about this tragic reality.
The semi-colon (;) and it's symbolic value. In July 2015 article in UpWorthy, a website , Project Semicolon, described the organization as a “movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.” For them, the semicolon was a way of saying: “I'm still here.” Many survivors have had this symbol tattooed as a reminder.
The butterfly is a symbol of continuation and transformation.
The woman is Asha. She is a survivor and she is looking upward. Her thoughts are hopeful and full of freedom to fly, to continue to the next stage in life. She exhibits Scarification on her face, to mark a significant moment in her life, and to mark a rite of passage.
I chose to dedicate the space for speaking publicly about suicide and it’s need for support & prevention. This mural is 80 feet long and 14 feet tall, five sections of brick with 3 brick pillers. My hope is it will reach someone who needs to believe this message.
Please help me continue to love others through art, supplies aren't free.
And thank you for partnering with me to give to Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners in Denver, CO.
They have a staff answering crisis lines 24/7. They do good work.
IF you need to talk to someone here in Colorado, please call 1.844.493.TALK (8255). or Text TALK to 38255
or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)-273-8255
You are not alone.
Together we can give hope to others, remind ourselves that we are valuable and that we matter. And especially to honor those who have been lost to this tragedy and shed light on darkness.
Thank you for your support.
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