An Illustrative Blog-#1 The Community Lifeline

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About 20 years ago, I started creating drawings to help alleviate my frustrations with the world around me—particularly the things I couldn’t effectively control: socially, educationally, culturally, politically and personally. I found that the more I drew, the more I discovered things to be better, gentler, kinder than expected.

With that said, allow me to share the first colored pencil drawing I finished to that end. The figures are both representational and symbolic. These simple entities explain something about the vagaries of life.

The lifeblood of a community is embedded in the nuclear family, typically at the heart of civilizations. This drawing speaks to the contradictions seen in contemporary communities. In fact, Community Lifeline is oxymoronic, in that the situations depicted are both idyllic and horrific. Note, the lines of connections may be cut if individuals cannot assimilate into normalized traditions. Community is structured around consenting beings, agreeing to live together, work together, cry together, and try together. This piece surrounds the concept of citizen, with the expectation of a caring civic as a consistent support, but at times may not always be equally delivered.

Future Blogs in this series will be illustrations and short explanations with possible challenges for the viewer. This time, I task you to find all the instances in the drawings that indicate a severed lifeline

For your review, I offer The Community Lifeline, est. 1994:



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