Day 338

Grace Lin: Within the Spiral Eye Watercolor, ink, India ink on paper Stories have the power to transport us into other places, other times, and into the lives other people. Only within stories do we even get close to becoming someone else. The sometimes fictional recounting of life and thought and emotion, the act of…

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Day 272

Universal Minds: Inspired by Panpsychism and Siri Hustvedt Watercolor, ink, and India ink on paper As children, many of us play with stuffed animals, filling them with our imaginations until the cloth and stuffing come alive. At times when I was little, I convinced myself that my stuffed animals, those creatures who gave me comfort…

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Day 264

Kennedy Augusto Beer: Across the Sky, Connected by the Little Things Ink on paper My sister and I only knew Augusto from my mother’s memories and stories. We learned that he was from a country across the Atlantic Ocean, a country nestled in Africa, Guinea-Bissau. We learned that Augusto Beer lived with my mom’s family…

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Day 166

Ninotte: Making an Impact, One Hope at a Time: Inspired by Emeline Michel’s poem That Trust Ink and Gouache on paper  What does it take to make an impact? Whenever I observe culture I am constantly reminded of changes that need to be made, things that must shift. And dwelling on unmade change often leads…

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Day 153

Trinity: Conversation and a Smile Over a Cookie: Inspired by the work of Gabriel Picolo  Watercolor, ink, gouache on paper  The remnant covered table Empty but for me, Asked for a question. The question asked for the present.

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Day 145

Amytess: The Infinite Within Us: Inspired by infinity and Nayyirah Waheed’s poem* Watercolor on paper This summer I met Amytess. We were both at a political rally: she was working, I was absorbing. In my view, politics aren’t about candidates, but about the people–like Amytess– who work, who dream, who listen, who connect. And these people help…

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