I have been working on finishing the journal spreads so I can publish them to this blog. Last weekend I found a terrific old book with great photographs that I am now using in my If Walls Could Talk journal. The boy above just captivated me. There is something about his innocence that moved me to include him as a "character" in this journal. He appears several times as you will see. I do not know his nationality but I am thinking perhaps he is from Afghanistan.
This spread Cultural Differences represents, for me, the struggles between people who are not accepting of differences. Around the world and in the United States we have so many groups that think their way is the only way causing huge problems to amass. Reaching out to find commonality rather than focusing on the differences seems to be the norm. In this case, I am thinking how conflicts between religions create struggles that could be avoided. There is example after example of where one cultural or one ideology invades another and tries to force a way of thinking. I will let you interpret what you think is happening in this spread on your own.
You will notice that the boy appears in a circle on the right side of the spread. A hole was cut and I burned the cut to create the opening. The boy on the right actually appears through the hole from another spread.
My friend Irene Rafael brought a brayer to the workshop that creates a wonderful texture when used over gesso. It appears like craters on the moon. The words on the right are favorite words of the other participants in the workshop who added them to my journal.