Artists complicit in rape of 16-year-old girl

I know I might open a shit storm for saying this, but the artistic community is partly to blame for the recent gang rape of a sixteen-year-old girl by teenage boys at a rave party in Pitt Meadows. Yes, that’s right, we’re complicit. These teenage rapists have grown up heavily influenced by violent, misanthropic, misogynist video games, television, movies, music, and Internet sites. And we’re the ones creating this garbage. And there’s no use blaming the executives who finance media, because money doesn’t write, illustrate, animate, sing, play a musical Read More …

Art is important — buy it!

Twenty years ago, while a student at the University of Alberta and an emerging photographic artist, I sold one of the images from Images of the Goddess: Demeter and Persephone (above) to one of my professors. She had intended to hang the photograph in her home but as it was undergoing renovations she decided to hang the artwork temporarily in her office, on the wall behind her desk. A few days later a considerably distraught student came to the professor’s office to talk; as the student sank into the visitor’s Read More …