666+…in progress – Day LXVII with 11 new leaves in the studio today wearing my black shirt in support of this first Black Shirt Day in BC. “The time is always right to do what is right” – Martin Luther King Jr
Inspired by my dear friend Debi Riley a wonderful artist and teacher in Perth Australia who posted on IG recently (@debi.riley) how she was experimenting using a palette knife and ink, I experimented myself this afternoon and loved it. My subject matter should be no surprise. Thank you Debi.
666 Day XLII – The proverb states “the pen is mightier than the sword” but how about the pencil. As I sharpened mine at the beginning of each day to act as “weapons” against injustice they became shorter and shorter as you can see. The power of the simple act of drawing is worth celebrating, for a picture can indeed be worth a thousand words.
Tomorrow I look forward to attending a webinar by Physicians for Human Rights on the “Family Separation and Reunification Efforts.” These are the details for those of you interested in attending if you have the time.
Each leaf’s a child alone and scared
Taken from the ones that cared
Kidnapped by a soulless state
That wallows in its lies and hate.
How fortunate it is that in our times
Good people exist to fight these crimes
And work to bring back love and joy
To every precious girl and boy.
666 Day XL
I have had this perspex box for a number of years and always wondered what I could put into it. Since I have been reluctant to say goodbye to the leaves, today they found a home and the box finally has a purpose.
Families Belong Together
On Day XXXIX of my 666 journey the final leaf has been drawn but sadly for the separated children and their families their journey is far from over. They have been in my thoughts each day and will continue to be until all the children have been united with their parents.
I would like to thank those of you who have been following my leaf journey since the first day and those of you who joined along the way. Knowing you feel as I do has been a great support and encouragement.
I would also like to thank Jacob Soboroff today for his book “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy”, which should be read by everyone. His telling the story of the children is truly heartbreaking. Take a look at his post on Instagram today Jacob Soboroff where he writes about the book and supporting local booksellers during the pandemic.
Thank you also to Lee Gelernt and the ACLU, and The Physicians for Human Rights for their dedicated advocacy for the children and their families seeking to reunite them and find justice so that those responsible can be held accountable.
‘666: a graphite journey” is dedicated to the children.
Keep them in your thoughts.
666 – Day XXXVIII
The final fifteen together with their neighbours.
The final fifteen leaves in position at 7:30 this morning.
Tomorrow, look for the completed piece and a few final words of appreciation.
666…in progress – Day XXXIII
Today on day thirty of my graphite journey of tears I am taking a moment to reflect on the six hundred and sixty six children separated from their parents and who are represented by my drawings of leaves from the Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver; children who are as beautiful and unique as each one of these leaves is; children who have been tortured by a policy of state sanctioned child abuse by the Government of the United States; children for whom the locations of their parents remain unknown; children who are suffering unimaginable mental anguish for which we recently learnt they were being denied mental health care services by that same soulless government; children suffering from crimes that will be remembered as some of the most heinous of the 21st century, crimes that are reminiscent of those of Nazi Germany in which children were also separated from their parents and suffered similarly unimaginable mental and physical agony that was only short-lived for many because they were gassed.
Today we thank those who are working every day to reunite the children with their parents and seeking justice to ensure the criminals responsible for this despicable crime will be held accountable, as they must and will be with the help of a new administration.
Thank you for reading.
My journey of tears for the children will continue tomorrow.
666…in progress – Day XXIX
First leaf of the day.