Kesha is an exhibit currently showing at the (downtown) Jacksonville Public Library.
Check these out:
As you can see, the exhibit displays intersections of gender and race, hence the title, Kesha.
However, some works are clear portrayals of the impact of systematic African American oppression.
Shout out to Shawana Brooks for an amazing concept.
This is a very small sample of what the exhibit offers.
If you’re nearby, then plan a visit. It runs until late April.
Last year, I listened to Kendrick Lamar’s How Much Does a Dollar Cost? over and over again. I tried to exhume every bit of meaning from the words. And then, I was inspired to write Transient, my perspective on giving to the homeless. That’s how art works, right? You inspire me; I re-shape it and inspire someone else.
A month or so later, Dwight and I saw the amazing recreation of Unconditional Surrender.
Some of you might remember its iconic newspaper image from V-J Day. Since capturing the sculpture, I’ve learned that this same statue lived in San Diego and then New York. You can find replications in New Jersey, Hawaii and France! Art inspired art times three. Wait! Times four because my photo prompted Juliet Q. to pen Sweet Surrender, a Haiku!
I continued to document life with a full moon post and I’ve shared how the image moved Authenticitee to write a new poem. Consequently, inspiration continued to flow to another continent. Mek wrote an amazing environmental post based on my Shared Space picture.
These connections have helped me see the intricacies of life. I met Authenticitee, Juliet and Mek through blogging, but like tapestry, our lives were woven together because of the distinct ways we express our views of the world. I’m amazed by how art inspires art and how it provides a dimension to being human that other interactions sometimes do not.
Does art inspire you? If so, let us know how. If not, how do you maintain creativity?
By the way, T.Wayne gets an honorable mention. His blog inspired me to begin with an embedded video. He blogs about music and its influence in his life by using a similar format.
Street Performer. Image. ©2016 K E Garland.