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I believe everyone has a voice. I know it to be imperative that I use my gift to help benefit others. I am not a political artist in any way. I am a caring individual that considers people to be more important than the almighty buck. The issues I explore are sometimes in the politically published realm. Certainly, my nose is not stuck in a newspaper or on the computer looking up the steamiest newsworthy tragedy. But...when I see an issue that moves me, my desire to create ignites. Working from the heart is the most vitally important and artistic process I have ever learned. This is not taught in any school that I know of. Actually, it stems from my meditation and personal management practice. This topic has moved me so much that I am writing a very special book about this creative process called "Rake the Road, Meditative Movement and the Art of First Thought Creation". This text will be for anyone that has a creative fire inside and wants to explore the gift of the heart and emotions. Come to know what it is to say "My heart told me to do it!"
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About panel #5 of the Indian Pipe Series:
Energy Transfer Partners sped up the digging when they were approaching the Native American burial grounds. They worked on the weekend under the close watch of armed guards, helicopters, and watchdogs. Tell me they didn't know they were doing something wrong! This panel shows a front loader exhuming an ancient Indian body. The front shovel becomes a coffin in the dark of night. Made with sand to exemplify the dirty business.
The Pipeline was halted! A great satisfaction washed over me as I thought about the protection of a clean water source. Although, It was interesting to hear what North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer, who supported the pipeline’s construction, said “today’s unfortunate decision sends a very chilling signal to others who want to build infrastructure in this country.” “Roads, bridges, transmission lines, pipelines, wind farms, and water lines will be very difficult, if not impossible, to build when criminal behavior is rewarded this way”. The state’s governor, Jack Dalrymple said it was "a serious mistake". Criminal behavior? What was the behavior of law enforcement? Rubber bullets, freezing water blasting, tear gas, and concussion bombs...isn't that criminal behavior on peaceful protesters? How about the stealing of federally granted lands? Why is it that this situation had to escalate to such a fervor? Human rights and respect of our fellow man is still far down on the list of priorities. What about the gobs of money spent on fossil fuel? We, as respectful residents of this land, can still make a stand on inhumane activities happening, right here, on American soil. My plan for a Campaign for Compassion Exhibition will move forward.
In 2016-2017, artist Daniel Kathalynas worked on a series of protest artwork called the Indian Pipe Series. The parasitic Monotropa uniflora plant (AKA the Indian Pipe plant) was symbolized as the pipeline. This is a reaction to the atrocities of unethical treatment of people committed on American soil by the conflict regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.