New work titled "All the Bridges We've Made"... Like many of you, I have been deeply moved by Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb". I spent a lot of time listening to Ms Gorman's performances of her work, watched her interviews, and kept coming back to the poem. As with my other artworks, this painting too is inspired by words that move me. In this case, Ms Gorman's line "all the bridges we've made' caught my attention and I decided to explore it in colors, shapes, and textures. What a wonderful experience. It took me a few days to complete. Bridges have always interested me so I looked up bridges around the world - actual architectural wonders - and throughout the painting you will find lines and dots representing the wood, the steel, the bolts ... Anything and everything we use to build actual bridges, in addition to the bridges of human connection and love. Bridges connect lands over rivers and under the skies, hence blues and greens. And to honor Ms Gorman's powerful delivery of her words, you will find a little red and yellow referencing her inaugural outfit. Soft lines running through painting - like the movements of her arms - remind us of the vulnerability of our connection and the essential need to continue building bridges with gentleness and care.
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