“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Do you think Cinderella looked up from her ironing and thought “this is going to be a great story someday”? Do you think she could identify the elements of her narrative arc, living in the moment? No doubt the beginning was very clear, it usually is. But what was the inciting incident – was it the first kiss or the first argument? the first time she stopped pretending or the first time he made her cry? If the tensions rose and fell like the tides, how could she ever recognize the climax? And had the ending been foretold—Chekov’s gun-on-the-wall theory come to pass? Had she missed it in the exposition? Or did she choose to ignore it? It would all be explained, of course, in the dénouement, when the fibers of the story are finally woven together. Or untied, as the French word suggests? Untethered?
©2017, Jen Payne. IMAGE: Cinderella at the Kitchen Fire, Thomas Sully
Afternoon shadows on office wall. Photo ©2017, Jen Payne.
“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
“I’m really concerned by this hate propaganda. And I want to take a stand.…Not just hollow words. But to do something. I could look at that swastika and “Nazi Kiez” graffiti and say ‘oh, that’s awful’ and walk by. But no one would dare to do anything. Well, I don’t want to wait for someone else to do something about it.” — Irmela Schramm
Commit Random Acts of Writing + Art. See “Grandmother uses graffiti to fight hate.”
“I believe that art can be a great way to communicate with people.” – Shepard Fairey
Commit Random Acts of Writing + Art. IMAGE: ©Shepard Fairey. See “Shepard Fairey Talks Street Art“
See Random Acts of Writing: Common Ground, a poetry installation by Jen Payne on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery now. At this unprecedented time in our nation’s history, Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville, CT has created an open forum for local artists to respond to the political and social climate. In Inauguration Nation, on view… Continue reading This Weekend: Inauguration Nation