February 19, 2012 § 6 Comments
Earlier this week, I shipped out three drawings for a show in Richmond, Virginia. I made these works while living in Mae Sot, Thailand, on the Thai-Burma border. They are part of a larger series, a meditation on the on-going humanitarian crisis in Burma.
As an NGO worker, I felt a wide range of emotional responses to what I witnessed abroad: empathy, joy, sorrow, guilt over my own privilege, and sometimes an empty, callous feeling, all depending on the situation. My internal response to any given circumstance seemed to morph over time.
All three works were made with washes of Japanese sumi ink on paper. This last image, seen below, was in celebration of the SuperMoon that occurred on March 19, 2011. A SuperMoon, coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, appears quite large in the sky. “In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.” That night, the moon looked bright and enormous over Mae Sot.
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