Terese Agnew is one of the featured artists in the PBS Documentary Series, Craft in America–THREADS. Agnew is an example of an artist who, on becoming aware of a serious injustice, is called to action–to make a statement through her art of quilting. Listening to the news on the radio, she hears about the inhumane working conditions of the textile workers in Nicaragua. As she is walking through a department store, she notices the signs advertising the various fashion designers. That recognition partners with an idea on how to illustrate this injustice through her art of quilting. And, it became a community collaboration in a surprising way. Take two minutes to listen to Agnew relating her process below.
As a writer or an artist tuning into these challenging times, you may find the inspiration to make your own artistic statement. In taking some elements of your outer reality, threading them through your art, you draw attention to an injustice. Sharing your work engages community as you plant the seeds of awareness in those who see your art or read your poem. As an artist or writer, you cannot fathom what may awaken in another through your writing, poetry or painting. Your art could be the catalyst for someone else’s call to action!
Does this statement feel true for you?
“Artists have what I call an alchemical responsibility–to transform the dross into art (gold) and to offer it to others in a provocative way.”