Why use Art as Social Commentary and Historical Record
Perhaps never before has there been so huge a calamity that went so under-reported in the history of the U.S. as the drowning of New Orleans. A scant five years since the network of huge pumping stations threw the water back over the levees, hardly is there ever any questions asked about what really happened leading up to, during and after Katrina left New Orleans dry. Many events that were so egregious as to cause the average American to quickly turn his or her head and seek the reassurance of "disbelief". So egregious that many linger in denial rather than face up to the many horrible things that were done to ordinary citizens in New Orleans.
Art has many purposes. It can make you happy and bring you to laughter. It can also make you sad and cause your tear ducts to rupture. As a New Orleans Katrina artist, I prefer to utilize my art as "Social Commentary", as a vehicle to shine the light on those happenings in New Orleans that were never reported to you. I used my art to inspire you to ask obvious questions that never seem to get asked by news reporters and journalist. Questions as important as "What about those reports of explosions preceding the in-rush of the dark flood waters?". Were the levees intentionally blown up in the Lower 9th Ward to divert waters from flooding the French Quarters and Canal Street district? Not likely you say? Well it happened before and was reported on the front page of the "Times Picayune" in 1927. What about the vigilantes who roamed the streets shooting people of darker skin? Well, it really happened as reported by "ProPublica" and other sources.
Why were American citizens allowed to remain on elevated bridges for days in the sweltering sun, as seen in the illustration below? How many people were drowned in the murky waters and how many bodies were flushed when the huge water pumps were restored electricity? There are literally thousands of other questions like these begging answers. Because you are unlikely to get else, I use my canvas to ask those questions for you.
I am but one person with limit resources and a measured life span. Yet, I am devoting what little time, energy and attention I have to use my art to speak out for the New Orleans flood victims, the living, the dead and the tens-of thousands of voiceless citizens who were given on-way tickets and their houses torn down.
Finally, I am using my art as Historical Record, not unlike those paintings on the walls of caves around the world. Future generations will be able to look upon them and hopefully be moved to ask questions and do research to arrive at informed conclusions. It is toward this end that I've painted "Remember, the Forgotten Horrors after Katrina" and others canvas's you will soon learn about.
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Why do I need "Your" assistance and that of "KickStarters"? It is my desire to make prints of my art available to everyone in the entire world who would like one. With funding from this wonderful website, I will be able to give away Free 16" X 20" prints to those who will simply pick up the cost of handling, shipping and taxes.
To encourage your contributions, I've created an outstanding list of gifts and rewards that are second to none. At our highest level of support, I will even visit the city of contributors with my original canvas's in hand. I will to perform talks to groups on what really happened in New Orleans and the importance of "Art as Social Commentary and Historical Record". Please give generously and encourage others to do so as well. In return, I will use my art to share with you the goings on that took place in the Crescent city "after" Katrina left New Orleans dry.
Beverly Kimble Davis
New Orleans Katrina Artist
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