Protest Art

12 new leaves


 

666…in progress – Day XXXVI

12 new leaves together with their neighbours,

17 new leaves


 

666…in progress – Day XXXII
 

Combining yesterday’s 17 leaves with today’s 17 for a new total of 588 leaves.

17 new leaves and remembrance

666…in progress – Day XXXI

 
17 new leaves, on a day on which I remember as if it were yesterday, like some of you I suspect, as a 17 year old schoolboy where I was when I heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated. These inspiring words from his inaugural address could not be a more relevant call to action today.

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

666 – a graphite journey of tears


 
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.

12 new leaves

666…in progress – Day XXVIII

534 leaves completed on a day when we learn that the White House killed a deal in October 2019 to pay for mental health care for migrant families separated at the border.

12 new leaves and family


 

666...in progress – Day XXVII

After drawing today’s 12 leafs I was lucky enough to be able to spend an afternoon with our two beautiful grandchildren. I couldn’t help thinking about the separated children the leaves represent and how important it is to keep them and their families in our thoughts each every day until they are all reunited.