Statement from artist,
The queen bee symbolizes the greater good. Worker bees (all people) are each valued members of the community whose jobs serve/protect the queen. The way bees cooperate is my hope for human kind. Environmentally, the world's bees are at risk and I believe that is in direct correlation with our country. In gratitude, the flowers on the antennae remind me that pollinators feed the plants that feed us. And queen bee imagery has historically been used to represent the goddess.
The female reproductive organs (big surprise!) represent female/life-giving.
Two big arms (like mine) hold water and lightening. Water is life and I am so freaking thankful for this clean, good, safe liquid that comes right into my house for me to drink, bathe and cook with. We all need safe drinking water. Water also represents my tears and fears. The lightening is a reminder of woman power and it symbolizes electricity, something I appreciate.
The rainbow symbolizes humanity. There are yellow dots on the rainbow. On my poster, I wrote initials of all the LGBTQ people I could think of within each yellow dot.
The shades of brown dots within the rainbow are a reminder of what I consider to be one of the most necessary things of all in the US - racial justice, equality that is for real, and safety for all non-whites. In addition, the Cabraras, family friends whose oldest son is, at least for now, safe from deportation because of the Dream Act, have more fears because of a new boldness of aggression toward immigrants.
The capitol building in DC - where I marched!
Finally, the Malala Yousafzai quote I had on the back of this sign:
"There comes a moment you have to decide:
Do you keep quiet or do you stand up."
I guess you can tell, I gave a lot of thought to the whole march thing, because I initially didn’t want to do it. Then I decided to go, to listen, learn, be present and become more aware of personal responsibility.
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Statement from poet,
When an artist does the deep work of going within, the most powerful art is created. This is what I felt when I saw Judy's work. I could feel her work: of deep consciousness and of power. It was like something went through my body. I felt it. As a black, queer woman, I have many critiques of the Women's March on Washington, specifically as to how we might better engage intersectionality across various identities for mutual liberation.
But, while I believe these criticisms are valid, I also believe it was powerful for a collective energy to stand together across the world to say, "Not today!"
This poem is to encourage us through the tension, the mistakes, and the missteps that we will encounter as we seek to work across social constructs. This poem is to encourage us into the deeper work of healing and justice. This poem is for Judy, for myself, and for you.