Step 2- added JFK and RFK profiles
Step 3 added quotes by JFK and RFK
Step 4 painted over-erased Trump tweets
“Brothers For Good”
acrylic on canvas 4’ H X 3’ W
“Brothers For Good”
“Brothers For Good” I had previously done a similar piece from my artwork series "Change" the piece “Stronger Men” 11” H X 9” W
A collage - marker, print on clear acetate on coloured paper.
In this painting I commenced with putting Trumps tweets on the canvas. Tweets regarding the court order halting immigration ban “disgraceful” “horrible” “dangerous” “wrong” “A terrible decision” “ridiculous.”
I then added the outline of JFK and RFK in deep conversation with each other taken from an iconic photo. After putting in the profiles I added quotes from each brother.
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” JFK
“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” RFK
I then proceeded to erase the tweets and complete the painting.
Good brothers indeed. I think of them quite often as I live within a 1/2 mile of the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles where Bobby lost his life. There is a LAUSD school there now and a memorial to Bobby Kennedy at the edge of the property on Wilshire Blvd. There are a number of quotes from him and about him carved in metal and stone. I often bike by on my way to yoga and on occasion stop to read and contemplate. The words inspire me and remind me how one person can make such a difference and also the importance of having conscious reminders as we go about our daily lives.
I watched the film "Bobby" recently and was reminded from listening to some of his intentions what a good President RFK would have been. He was killed on June 8, 1968 just two months after Martin Luther King. This is the last portion of the speech RFK gave to a crowd in Indianapolis after learning of King's death which still resinates today.
" My favourite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: "In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that's true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love--a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.
We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we've had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.
But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people."