It Screams From Too Close To Home:
This is the first larger scale piece to come from a theme I started examining during the 2015 Sketchbook Project.
It began with my reaction to Aylan Kurdi’s body washing ashore in Greece. His body was laying in the sand in the position that my son (same age) always chose to nap in; wearing nondescript clothes that could have come from our wardrobe. It really hit hard (and still does) to see how fickle and meaningless our circumstances are. Our beings can be so similar, even indiscernable, and are so important...but our environments create a chasm between us that really is illusory.
These works are difficult to do, emotionally, as I place my children in more hostile environments. But it is important for me, and I think for society, to remember that so little keeps us from being there.