Saint Louis– Art As A Pivot Point

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Last week, I was flattered to receive an invitation to participate in a roundtable discussion at the Julia Davis branch library about the role of art in these recent protests.

I am slowly drafting words for this meeting. I think that one thing I would like to suggest is that art can be a pivot point– from raw emotion into aesthetic expression.

We can use painting, video, poetry, song– to express our reactions. What is visceral is made into material– and passed on to others.

Let’s not forget the power of expression, and understand that there are quiet and safe avenues for doing this.

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ThomasParkArt

I am a multidisciplinary artist living in South Saint Louis, MO with my wife and our 2 cats. A lot of my art has to do with the experience of living in a thriving, diverse city.

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