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“We will raise this wounded world ”

Steve Loar's avatar Steve Loar

“We will raise this wounded world ” presents a warped, tombstone-like panel covered in a few of the names of the first 100,000 US deaths from Covid-19. These 1,000 names - these 1,000 INDIVIDUALS – were a mere 1% of the total that the NY Times could graphically evoke on May 24, 2020. The next day, George Floyd died. ///// The video of George Floyd’s being suffocated was so terribly explicit that it ignited 400 years of rage regarding unresolved racism. The pent-up anger from numerous other unresolved issues converged behind Black Lives Matter, helping to propel it to unanticipated potency. Against this tableau, waves a faded American flag which contains representative images of a few of those neglected issues: environmental and moral pollution, the rending of our Constitution, fear, violence against women, anguish, terror, and outrage; with particular inclusion of women and people of color; all with tattered edges from disregard and denial. ///// While the pandemic deaths initially seemed indiscriminate, it became evident that the burden fell hardest on individuals of color and less privilege. BLM exploded with a relevance and resolve that swept the nation, fired by individuals of conviction of all colors, creeds, and ages expressing their rage. Covid deaths may have numbed us, but scores of people have been called to action by the on-going deaths happening at the hands of police. But, this is America and many believe that we have the will and the means to rectify past wrongs and injustices; to make reality correspond to our grand aspirational words. “We will raise this wounded world*.” ///// *Amanda Gorman, THE HILL

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: Madrone wood gifted from Christian Burchard, with New York Times & print
  • Width: 17 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 19 inches