Collective Care is Our Best Protection 9
This piece is part of a collage and linoleum block print series created during the pandemic crisis. The work reflects how healthcare infrastructures and systems of government failed communities of color and indigenous communities at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The piece was a call for communities to care for each other and develop strong and autonomous support systems of mutual aid.
The words for this print series was inspired by, “No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists,” which is a guide that I helped launch in collaboration with my organization, The Center for Cultural Power. Each print is a unique collage arrangement of my favorite shapes, with a layer of linoleum block printed on top. As the pandemic began to hit the West Coast in early March 2020, I connected and strategized with social movement leaders to understand what were some of the key messages that we needed to amplify, and this was one of them. I created a unique collage arrangement for each piece because I wanted to incorporate playfulness and softness, while also including a strong message.