I was pretty excited to find out that The Coloradoan had put the story of my friend’s murder and how it transformed my art on the front page today! It is hard to believe it has been almost twenty years since Mike’s murder. It is an honor to tell the story in the hopes of expanding compassion and understanding.
Colorado State University
“My purpose in painting and life is to transform the root of violence caused by ignorance”
Today is a poignant day for me. It is the opening of the exhibit 5 Locals at my alma mater, Colorado State University. The work I am sharing in this show all centers around violence. It explores both the personal and public impacts violence has on our souls, our creativity, and our joy. This exhibit feels like an amazing return home as it was in art school at CSU in 1999, when a dear friend was murdered. In a recent conversation with a close friend, I realized it was a story that I rarely shared in relation to my art making, despite the fact it was the reason I understood art’s power. She helped me see that this story in fact revealed my purpose as an artist and that sharing this story was a means of honoring my friend. Violence occurs at so many different levels both in our society at large and within our individual beings. I believe this is not normal, nor is it how we were designed. In sharing this story, it is my hope that it will shine a light on violence and its terrible impact. Violence interrupts our true nature, impinging on our joy and our ability for connection and creation of a meaningful life.
5 Locals: Jennie Milner, Joe Norman, David Young, Madeline Wilson and Jennifer Davey
September 25, 2018 to November 3, 2018 | Opening Reception Sept 25 4:30-6:00 pm
Jennifer Davey: Artist Talk October 9, 2018 12:00-12:40 pm Curfman Gallery
Curfman Gallery, Lory Student Center, Colorado State University 80523