“how many walls does it take to build a nation?” 9.5X5.5″ mm on paper, 2017. (c) d. ellis phelps
I think my days of sitting by, being contemplative are somehow over.
Even when I think I have let it all go: the “white supremacy platforms,” the bigotry, the hate speech, the violence, the attacks on environmental protections, the inane ideas that are not solutions…the insanity appears in my art, in wordy comments on click-here-and-we’ll-make-it-better sites, in my dreams.
This piece, created in late 2016 (remember what was happening then?) is one example of Leo erupting. It speaks to the proposed physical barrier between Texas and Mexico and to the myriad barriers that, allowed to persist, will ruin us.
d. ellis phelps is the author of Making Room for George, a novel (Moon Shadow Sanctuary, 2016) and of this blog. Thanks for reading!
A San Antonio based, Quarterly Literature & Arts magazine has published this painting and one of the poems I wrote for the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project in March, 2016.
These two pieces represent the beginnings of an increasingly political bent in my art & writing. To my surprise, the painting has sold. So much for trying to “make things pretty” when they are decidedly not.
Here you see the matriarchal warrior goddess questioning: how many painters does it take to change a nation; how many $ does it take to trump justice.
It is not simply a female leader we need. It is a compassionate, honest, dignified, just, intelligent leader (of any gender) we need. & since the populace seems blinded and deceived by drama and captivated by fear, I wonder what kind of cataclysmic event it will take to bring us again to our metaphorical knees or whether All that is Whole and Good and Pure and True will move us to redemption.
How does Great Spirit move in you? This is how it moves in me: