Today’s submission comes from one of our many school recipients. Andreya Vivaldi of the High School of Applied Communication sent in this work from one of her students. All of the yarn and wire entaglements were made with items from the warehouse, as well as many of the white balls. The powerful artist’s statement is below:
The artist’s conceptual drawing board springs from the historical conceptualization of his personal experience as the indirect victim of a genocidal crime committed to his own native country; a crime that has led to the annihilation of the social identity of a people whose right to be has been stolen, and never returned.
Tibetan by birth and by right a citizen of this world, Jigmey Tenzin Bhakdo has used this drawing board to overcome horror, pain, anger, hopelessness, an infinite thirst for justice, and reaffirrnation of national identity.
We can be robbed of our possessions.
We can be separated from, and forever deprived of the people we love the most.
We can be tortured.
We can be raped.
We can be deprived of the right of belonging to a nation, a religion, a culture, a race.
We can be stripped of our own personal identity.
We can be the victims of crirnes so heinous that their atrocious cruelty can barely be conceived, or spoken.
But nobody can take away from us the very thing that gives us the strength to face our darkest hour, to triumph over the most unjust, inhuman, and terrifying of circurnstances we have to face, and to clairn victory over the demons that life brings to us and to this world.
The artist’s work speaks to a nation, any nation in this world in constant conflict; and to the individual, every individual of any gender, race or nationality. lt speaks of the one thing that nobody has the power to take from us.
It speaks of hope.