Friday, June 19, 2020


courtesy of the Washington Post
Did you notice all of the posters attached to the chain link fence surrounding the White House? Together that make a huge visual statement. Together they are a piece of community art.

Murals depicting George Floyd's face have popped up all over the country and represent the ways people can express their anger, concern, and need for change through paint and chalk. And illustrators have created numerous covers for magazines with Floyd's image used as a theme.

courtesy of New York magazine

Words and speeches get lost over time, but art remains. Norman Rockwell painted "The Problem We All Live With, " which stands as a testament to the courage of a young girl and how much work we still need to do. Jim Fitzpatrick's poster of Che Guevara endures in our conscience as a reminder of rebellion against colonialism and oppression. People still react to the strong graphic portrait. Because the Guevara image has been pirated so many times, Fitzpatrick has given up protecting the copyright. The image can be downloaded from his website.

courtesy of the Norman Rockwell Museum

Poster design by Jim Fitzpatrick

Art objects can also represent abhorrent ideas. The sculptures, flags and other objects that are being pulled down because they represent treason or subjugation have also left marks on our souls. Mississippi still raises a state flag that incorporates the Confederate flag. It is way past time for us to remove these objects. We know these statues and symbols were erected in public places to honor the people depicted. We can do a better job of understanding their role in history by reading books, watching films and placing them in context in museums, all of which can better remind us of our complicated history.

We can all be artists and maybe agitators. I wrote last week of the Soul Box Project, which gives anyone a chance to understand more deeply the effect of gun violence.  Here are four more finished boxes ready to be sent. Take the time to watch the video on Soul Box Project's home page. You may find yourself taking an 8 inch square piece of paper and folding it into a box.

Watch this panoramic view of the posters on the chain link fence outside the White House:

Norman Rockwell Museum website:

Jim Fitzpatrick designed the Che Guevara poster. Though you can download the Che Guevara image for free, support Fitzpatrick's work by buying something at his website:

Soul Box Project:

Commemorate Juneteenth today.


  1. I am really glad you posted about Soul Boxes. I find that making them acts as a sort of meditation as it focuses me on the individual whose life has been destroyed of damaged by gun violence rather than on the statistics. I learn about their whole lives and those to whom their lives were connected.What a gift.

    I do have one question. Would it be good to Modge Podge over my decorations so that they stay on the box?


    1. I'm so glad you are making boxes and that you have found them to be meditative (me too). I also feel the person the box represents comes alive when I learn more about them.
      And yes, Modge Podge would be a good idea to help seal your work. Thank you, Pat!

  2. Thank you, Mary, Pat, and Joan for making boxes. And to anyone else who has taken up the challenge.

  3. Thank you for the panoramic view of the posters on the White House fence, horrifying and hopeful at the same time. The problem of racial injustice in our world is enormous, but perhaps our response is beginning to create the groundswell needed for change.

    1. I hope the momentum that has been created will continue so that we make the changes we need to make. Thanks for reading my blog and commenting, Teresa, your comments are really valued by me.


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