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Thinking about Ā Mua

Last week Ruth Bader Ginsburg past away. One of our biggest fears for this American political cycle realised. She was the anchor for our progressive hopes and dreams on that high court bench. We will carry on without her. I made this digital painting in her memory.

A digital painting created in the Krita Free/Open source painting program.  It was inspired by Georgia O'Keefe's Blue Flower.
Blue Flower

In Aotearoa it was Maori Language week. These concerns for Ā Mua (the future) come to you from Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

In the past few weeks I have been thinking about my purpose in life. Apparently building a digital art gallery is part of my ambition. Online or digital, call it what you will, it involves using electricity. Working with people from a safe distance, though certainly burning some fossil fuels in the process.

Of course I am not purely interested in digital painting. I have a collection of audio files from i mua I plan to archive in this gallery.

Digital preservation and archiving another activity I wish to engage in. But it is Ā Mua which concerns me the most. Collecting things in the future. Having a place for them. Developing some programming around them. An online art museum. For now I am calling it floydwilde.gallery, but that name could change and become something else. As it has done before.

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In Search of Equality

We have all witnessed the life drain out of this beautiful black man by the name of George Floyd.

There is not much I can say that would do any good here. Recently I have lost two Uncles who very kind and dear to me. Since then I have been working on some simple digital paintings using a program called Krita. The latest was done today with George and all the protesters in mind.

In Search of Equality

The June 3rd anniversary has passed which normally I pay particular attention to. As a boy in 1989 again consuming the media and not understanding what I was seeing on the television set that summer. My today self still trying to make sense of then and now. It is indeed an interesting comparison to be made this year. This, my own particular interest in the state response to the protests. The use of force.

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Why did we not resolve this after the riots in Los Angeles in 1991 after the beating of Rodney King? This is a vivid association for me, I can’t remember being this disturbed by media reports since watching those events unfold. Then there is everything that has happened since then. A time from my late teens until my mid forties. I feel guilt that I am a part of this society and this race which lies beneath so much injustice. So much failure to grow and change.

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I pledge to work on undoing the racism that I have inherited.

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Closing my eyes there was a field of black with a gold figure.

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These are my failures in an attempt to capture that vision.

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