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My Art – Times of Troubling Government Resolutions

My art continues to evolve in this time of troubling government resolutions. When I first heard the news on the immigration situation at the border, I was deeply shocked. Even now this is hard for me to write, as the emotions continue to reverberate through my system. That separation of children from their mothers, from their parents, is happening in our America is the most heartbreaking situation I have lived in my lifetime, next to the war in Vietnam.

"In the Interest of National Security" oil by Marilyn Wells 30" x 40"

“In the Interest of National Security” oil by Marilyn Wells 30″ x 40″

“It’s very biblical to enforce the law. …throughout the Bible…It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.” 

-Sarah Huckabee Sanders 186O

In the quiet hours of the morning, I allowed this emotional reaction to find full expression inside myself, to experience it and let it work its way through my body. I did not want to be held captive by this emotion, but instead wanted to release it and find appropriate commentary via my art for an alternative expression of this emotion.

My art is about accessing emotion so it may be transformed into compassion in a troubling world in the grips of the force of fear, self-protectionism, and insulation.

This is one of my intentions with my art. I will share a little story about myself and my own childhood. This is no doubt one reason for this powerful connection.

Drawing for "Love is the Mother. We Are Her Children" by Marilyn Wells, 20" x 24"

Drawing for “Love is the Mother. We Are Her Children” by Marilyn Wells, 20″ x 24″

This is a drawing of myself and my own Mother. Mother was a hard-working, salt-of-the-earth farm girl, and was not affectionate for the most part, due to her own upbringing and the harshness of the times. A child of 2 immigrants herself, she started country school in Nebraska not speaking English, bringing her little brother in hand.

I was a very different child of different times. One day when I was about 4 or 5, she and I were alone in the house. I played on the linoleum floor at her feet for a quiet, unusual moment while she sat in her little red rocking chair. The house was quiet. I had a thought and a desire. I said to her, “Since Dad and Marvin (my brother) are gone, do you think I could sit in your lap one time?” 

She looked at me surprised, thoughtful, and said, “Yes, that will be all right.”

And I did. The closeness was very special and I shall never forget it.

Later I thought how odd that I should have asked to do that. I never again remember sitting in her lap or being hugged or told I was loved, though of course I was. Those were different times, and it was only many years later that it became commonly acceptable to be hugging in public and expressing affection.

But I know the need for touch, for love, for presence of Mother, of parents. We all do. We know it in our hearts, our bodies, and our beings. It is basic to human health and well-being.

I am appalled that we should be at a troubling place where we should even have to say these things,

but we must not be complacent. As Americans we were complacent before the last election and the writing was on the wall. I did vote because I saw this coming, as did many others. We must use our voices, our art, our writing in these troubled times if we are to continue to evolve as truly Human Beings.

The above quote by Sarah Sanders, the American political press secretary, on the immigration separation policy of parents and children, and the justifications by Chief of Staff John Kelly are shocking in our day and age when we thought we had advanced to a level of recognition of the value of all human life.

It is well know that mental disorders and permanent damage occur from such traumatic disruptions to the family bond, as this article from fortune.com Doctors: Trump’s Border Separation Policy Is Causing a ‘Mental Health Crisis’ for Families attests to.

I hope my art will speak for me. Let me know your thoughts.

  1. Linda Craddock

    July 30th, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Strong, true artworks that reverberate.

  2. marilyn wells

    July 30th, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Linda, thank you so very much for your appreciation of what I’m doing with my artwork here!

  3. Charlotte

    August 10th, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Marilyn,
    Thank you for voicing the experience so many are having right now. Only an open heart can heal the wounds that are being created.
    Your images open the heart.
    Charlotte

  4. marilyn wells

    August 10th, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    That is good to hear, and thanks so much for expressing that comment! Much appreciated.

  5. Angela Taylor

    August 14th, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you for your words. It is encouraging when others speak the words that are in my heart. Your drawing of you and your mother brings me a reminder of that feeling of being held and loved more unconditionally by my mother than others around me. I miss her as I have lost her to dementia, but this grief and way of loving somehow flows into the grief and love for the family I support living in Sanctuary because the Mom doesn’t want to be separated from her 3 children. Thank you for your art and words.

  6. marilyn wells

    August 15th, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Angela, thank you so much for expressing your response to my “In the Interest of National Security” so thoughtfully. It helps me to know that you connect to what I am saying both art wise and with words. I’m glad it could also remind you of how your Mother held you and loved you, because now that love is always with you no matter the current sad dementia condition. The need for closeness between Mother and Child is elemental and basic to the healthy development of all of us as humans beings and being social family together. Much appreciate your comments.

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