Walking the warzone of an American city is a project comprised of multiple walks through the city of Seattle. Walks occurred between 2016 and 2017. Drawings represent the texts walked through the urban street grids. 129,000 privileged steps of a supposed contemplative, who can typically go for walks in the city without fearing intimidation, marginalization, or even death. That is not the case for many people, whose ordinary actions of going for walks, going to the store, post office, etc are dangerous actions. We condone too much injustice, too much needless death, in the name of “keeping the peace”. While this goes on, we all have no peace, certainly no freedom. I do not accept this as normal. I grieve it, but I also choose life – to continue learning how to practice humility, name justice and seek joy. We are all walking battlegrounds.

Walking the Warzone of an American city, gouache and ink on paper, 22″ x 30″, 2017, collection of The City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

Warzone – Detail