What/who inspired the work?
-- There were two inspirations for this image:
First, I was at a funeral for an elderly family member. As I looked around at the assembled mourners, I had an insight that... these were my people. I could be anywhere in the world at an event like this, and the participants would look basically the same, and have the same ways of expressing themselves.
I wanted to make art for this community.
Secondly, I had always loved "The Making of Meaning" as a phrase. I first heard it uttered by my graduate advisor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He went on to write a famous book that used this expression in its title. Many years after I studied with him, I wrote to ask for his permission to use it as the title of this art. He granted my request.
What do you hope its viewers will feel/think?
-- After all that we've been through, there is still power and strength in this symbol.
Why did you choose the medium, subject matter, style?
-- I wanted to create a "realistic" image of something that didn't exist. After experimenting with a variety of advanced computer applications, I created an image that fully realized my emotions.
August 6th, 2017
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