T H E O N E W O R L D P R O J E C T
What is the project?
The One World Project is a series of large mixed media portraits created with a combination of linoleum block, acrylic and metal leaf on handmade Japanese paper.
It is also a multi-dimensional event to take place in 2020-2021 including three exhibitions of the "One World" artwork, educational displays describing the medium, workshops to share the art of relief printmaking, and a collaborative relationship with a regional refugee organization.
The message I seek to communicate is that our similarities and common ground as human beings are much greater than our differences. I believe the labels we attach can separate us and divide us. During the opening reception of each exhibition - one in Annapolis, Maryland, one in Baltimore, and another elsewhere in the area - participants will be encouraged to meet and engage with each other. Often our fear of the unknown - someone who looks, believes, dresses, loves or worships differently from ourselves - keeps us from getting to know them. Yet, a strange and wonderful thing occurs when we shake someone's hand and begin to talk. The divide lessens, and we truly begin to understand that we all want the same things - safety for our children, good food, meaning to our lives, a roof over our heads, someone to love - and joy.