We’re going back. A divided nation is a wounded nation and now more than ever we need to be reminded of the dangers of unjust inequality and separation in our country.
This series is a conceptual art project based on the labels once placed on doors not that long ago from our shameful past. These doors convey a message, to remind others of how dangerous and repressive the labels of separation can be and how everyone deserves the right to walk through any and all doors with dignity and respect. Separation is never equal and standing up for what’s right no matter what the cost is crucial for freedom to survive. There are 8 doors in all - ‘White Only,’ ‘Colored Only,’ ‘LGBT Only,’ ‘Immigrant Only,’ ‘Homeless Only,’ ‘Veterans Only,’ and debuting a new door that has been added to the series ‘Women Only.’ Lastly the words ‘Human Beings’ with text in 24k gold on the final door, completes the series. That door is wrapped in locked chains representing the precious status being denied.
The series was originally created in response to Arkansas's HB1228 which made it out of committee in March of 2015. This discriminatory bill would have brought back Jim Crow days where hatred and repression were the law of the land. The installation was installed twice on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol as a First Amendment protest of the reckless and unjust behavior by the 90th General Assembly. Through social media and the Associated Press, the series helped bring worldwide attention to the struggle. With enormous pressure now being forced on government officials, HB1228 was defeated.
With similar bills being considered and passed across the country, the installation was then taken to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Spring of 2015. An estimated 250,000 people were there that day and the power and simplicity of the historic content strongly resonated through the crowd. It brought people that were visiting from all over the world together in conversation in peace and camaraderie. And that is where change begins.
As an artist, I choose to stand up for civility, humanity, equality and justice with this unique series. My hope is to open the doors of conversation and to promote peace and understanding for generations to come. We are better than this. And as a nation we need to heal.
Once again, we will set the doors up as a reminder. A reminder of where we’ve been before and as a nation where we cannot ever allow ourselves to ever go again. We must engage in responsible dialogue no matter how uncomfortable. I believe that by truthfully looking in the mirror at ourselves, we take the first step in accepting the fact that we are all part of the link that needs to be repaired.
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