Over the past few months, my inspiration has taken a hit. It is difficult to
feel creative when you are fearful. Fear mobilizes use, makes us want to shut
down and shut out what we fear. But I have decided that I will not let fear
consume me, nor hate, nor apathy. I will continue to make art, and continue to
strive to be a person who stands up for others and stand up for the freedoms
this country stands for. It may be a small thing to make art to some but freedom
of our imaginations as well as the freedom to express in our own way is deeply
embedded in our national consciousness, and is supported by the First Amendment.
Our free society is based on the principles that each and every individual has
the right to decide what art they wish to have or create. Once the government censors
this, or has the power to censure us from enjoying it, then ours is not a democracy.
The freedom to express for ourselves also requires us to promote and stand up
for the freedom of expression for others. It is at the very heart of our
democracy. So I will stand up for freedom of expression and I will make art.