How is it possible to reconcile the unavoidable dichotomies we encounter every day? Fundamental to the human psyche is a core need to experience and resolve opposing forces. Steeped in ancient Daoist philosophy, the existential battle between dark and light is as old as conscious thought. This idea of a yin and a yang embodies the notion that while polarities exist, each is complementary to the other.
Thoughts of opposite energies have never been so prevalent in my life and my mind. As we enter a new era with a president who represents everything I oppose, I have begun to search within myself to better understand the paradigm I am now forced to live. In a country where 49% defines the discourse for the majority, I can’t help but question that nature of this “democracy.” Today, male thinking overshadows female, false data supersedes science, and the needs of the many are marginalized to benefit the few.
Like the body politic that defines the course of the present, the present defines the course of my vision. With the ugliness of the 2016 election season, I sought out beauty to oppose the oppressive nature of the news. While I read and listened to daily reports, I also retreated to the simplicity of my art. My concerns of corruption, abuse and environmental decay have emboldened a desire to get involved physically, emotionally and financially. We, who are concerned about a sustainable future, are now faced with the ultimate yin and yang; do you stay at home and mourn a loss, or do you stand out and speak for those who can not?
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