I Am Water
Athena Sophia (Bonnie J. Warren & Carrie S. Reinking ) 2016 project, “I Am Water” was born when the artists began studying the physical motions of Wing Chun, Kung Fu, Artists and Bruce Lee’s desire to move more like water. They decided to explore his idea in painting while expanding the idea further from being more like water, to actually being the water, “I am water”. What does it mean to be water? Water can be soft or hard, calm or violent, it nourishes life and destroys life, changing into many forms, solid, gas and liquid. It is everything and nothing. Danielle Egnew writes about water and weaves it into a 2017 challenge for our USA. She says we can choose to be a stone or water. Those that choose to be more like water “are a river of the collective language of love, the most effective language of all human design. A river flows around obstacles, and keeps flowing. It doesn’t stop and argue with every stone, paranoid that its own rocky bed is intentionally attempting to change its direction....the water views the stones as part of the flow. The stones view the water as that which shapes them”. The Blue People in the “I am water” series and other works of Athena Sophia, not only represent the transformation of the physical body and mind to water, but allows all Earthlings to relate to the subjects and hopefully be inspired themselves to explore and contemplate the meaning that we are all water. Water, the Universal Solvent.