Speak Up, Speak Out
For most of my career as an artist and teacher, I followed what I was required to do as a US Diplomat: not speak out in public on things political. As a federal employee, we were not allowed to speak out while on the job and restrictions off the job were confusing, so the solution was to just keep quiet. The Presidential race and election results of 2016 were such that all that came to an end: I HAD to SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT.
I inked the Capitol dome, and asked my fellow bus riders fro the Midcoast of Maine to outline their hands (if they wished). Those hands became the border. Five of us, including me (far right) and Ashley (now DIL, in braids), are in the foreground. Into the sky, I quilted the Preamble to the Constitution which includes the right to protest against the government and the First Amendment which guarantees freedom of assembly and free speech. Around the outside of the hands I quilted footsteps, for the bazillion hours we spent standing on our feet. Finally, by 6 pm we were back for our second night in a row not-quite-sleeping on the bus.
Size: approximately 40 x 50 inches.
Materials: artist dyed and commercial cottons, textile marking pens, Mistyfuse adhesive web, wool blend batting, thread.
In the collection of the artist.
All images and text are © copyright Sarah Ann Smith. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without written consent.
Sarah Ann Smith
Hope, Maine 04847 USA