WOKE-Out: the boxing gloves series
The saying is cool, the shirts are dope, but we must do more than say or wear the expression “be woke.” - Raven Cras, author, poet, activist
Inspired by the Border Network for Human Rights project, Hugs Not Walls. For just one day, hundreds of immigrant families living in the U.S. were permitted to temporary reunite with loved ones along the U.S. - Mexico border in the middle of the riverbed of the Rio Grande, a river between the two countries. Families had only four minutes to hug, to feel and kiss loved ones they had not seen in years. The paintings seek to capture facets of our humanity: the desire to love and be loved, the value of being in the moment and the fleeting minutes of an emotional embrace and what we feel - joy, love, relief, sadness, grief, longing...