Today's Brain Pickings newsletter by Maria Popova @brainpicker includes an "illustrated manifesto for creative resilience and the artist's task in dark times" by @wendymac + @courtwrites ✨
I love this visual manifesto, but what I love more is that none of you need to hear it. This community of artists and activists have been fighting fiercely from day one. Your posters, illustrations, marches, memes, sculptures, videos, street art, comedy, projections, textiles, performance art have been a relentless wave of protest, and the fiercest voice for what is important. So, I share this, not because you need reminding, but because you've embodied the spirit of this manifesto from the very beginning. Thank you for all the work you do. ✨
"This your assignment.
Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS.
Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick up your damn chin. Put your two calloused hands on the turntables, in the clay, on the strings. Get behind the camera. Look for that pinprick of light. Look for the truth (yes, it is a thing—it still exists.)
Focus on that light. Enlarge it. Reveal the fierce urgency of now. Reveal how shattered we are, how capable of being repaired. But don’t lament the break. Nothing new would be built if things were never broken. A wise man once said: there’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Get after that light.
This is your assignment." ✨
All poster proceeds will be donated to Hedgebrook, a rural writing residency for women, whose alumnae include Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, Dani Shapiro, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sarah Jones.
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