The One World Project
The One World Project is a series of large 24" x 24" mixed media portraits created with a combination of linoleum block printmaking, acrylic and metal leaf on handmade Japanese paper.
The project will be a multi-dimensional event to take place in 2020-2021 including three exhibitions of the "One World" artwork, educational displays of the actual blocks and tools, workshops to share the art of relief printmaking, and a collaborative relationship with a regional charitable organization.
There will also be a "One World" wall hanging to be suspended from the ceiling of each exhibiton comprised of 20 black and white prints of the portraits stitched together in a giant quilt symbolizing our connectness.
The message I seek to communicate is that our common ground as human beings is greater than our differences. The labels we assign separate and divide us, and our fear of the unknown keeps us apart. During the opening reception of each exhibition, participants will be encouraged through an interactive exercise to meet and engage with each other - and get to know someone new. A wonderful thing occurs when strangers take a chance, shake a hand, and open their hearts.