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I was taught early in my art career to use the technique of
compare and contrast to help me make decisions about art works. To me, this
means looking at how things are similar, aligned, symmetric, balanced and how
are they different, exciting, challenging. In my own head, this debate is constantly
I know it is irrational but I honestly want conflicting things
to happen. For example, I don’t want urban sprawl or high rises, but I do want
affordable housing. I want to feel stimulated by beautiful images, but I also
want content that sustains my interest. I want to see art on the streets, but I
respect people’s property rights.
I realize that I have avoided having political discussions
with certain friends as the disagreements are so uncomfortable. But I realize
that uncomfortable is sometimes necessary to prevent another holocaust or be
I use my yoga breathing to accept that these are times that
are troubling and confusing and know because of current circumstances that is
the correct way to feel.
I am not a historian or a philosopher, but as a spunky
little American, I feel it in my gut that democracy is a good thing. I just
need to define what I mean by democracy. Maybe the struggle to define democracy
is a role for art. Maybe democracy is the right to compare and contrast.