Artist’s statement: I acknowledge that this mural is painted on what was and still is Munsee Lenape land. It is with gratitude that I speak to you all my part of the larger conversation of reparative justice. I acknowledge that it is with privilege that I am living in a time and place and body in which I am able to stand up and speak my mind when those who did so before me were ignored or violently silenced. I acknowledge that there is still violence to this day for black / brown/ trans/ indigenous people… But it is my hope that this piece is a prayer for all people who have felt pain from being marginalized in our varied, intersectional, ways- I hope that the ritual of this imagery helps many find solidarity and tolerance for one another and collectively heal. I hope that public imagery and narrative can do something to tell a story, plant a seed, spark something somewhere that will one day grow to real change.
This mural was created as part of the 2022 Kingston O+ Festival.