It saddens me to think people are going to associate the art that was displayed during the 2018 Fox River Arts Ramble at the Aurora Public Library with other artists in Aurora or the art scene here in general. The art at Aurora Public Library is in no way representative of the art scene or artists in Aurora. One of the reasons why I like living in Aurora is because it is diverse. The art community reflects that diversity. If you want a truer representation of the art scene here, come visit the Art Bar at Two Brother’s Roundhouse every First Friday, go to Gallery 1904, the grassroots Alley Art Fest the last weekend in August, the Aurora Public Art Commission gallery, etc…
I am not going to pretend I’ve never created provocative art that has been censored in a public place (in college regarding FGM). However, it saddens me to think one of the hijab-wearing girls who walk to school past our house saw the poem on display at the Aurora Public Library and felt scared. While there may be a place for provocative art, and certainly a place and time for thoughtul discourse, that place is NOT in the lobby of a public library or on the public Facebook page.
Here I am next to Fisk Creations doing live art during a First Friday event hosted by If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery.
Check out the many artists in Aurora on Instagram. I’m not going to list them all, but @the_artbar is a great place to start.
“Thoughts lead to words lead to actions” is what I learned from Kim Schwartz in my yoga teacher training. Let’s be kind.