This past year has been eye opening. People who I thought would care, did not care. People I thought I knew, proved they are not the people I don’t need to know. The road that is right is often a hard road, one that forces you to be uncomfortable and confront difficult things. You mess up, you learn, you start again. To see so many just absolutely ignore reality, pain, upset, and live life as if we didn’t have the most horrifying year I can remember though rocked me to my core. I’ve always been cynical, but this was more than even I could expect. We all deserve happiness and peace, but happiness cannot come because of ignorance and selfishness. That happiness is a form of toxic positivity and toxic positivity doesn’t have a place in our world.
On the other hand I saw people who I never thought would come to my aid, come and help me, my friends, and my family. Strangers, people I don’t know that well, or people I only know through the internet. Their kindness kept me from totally breaking and delving into what I can only imagine would have been a truly dark place. They brought me a grounded positivity, a positivity rooted in awareness and care.
This piece is still a wish of calm and personal peace, but it is also a wish for those to see others and make efforts to truly reach out, to truly assist others, to truly make an effort to make the world around them better. We cannot hide our heads in the sand and we can not live a life without thinking about the impact our actions have on others and the world as a whole.
Samantha Mash grew up in the dry marsh area of Palo Alto, California. After graduating high school she headed north to forested Portland, Oregon where she has resided ever since. Samantha currently works as a freelance illustrator.
Samantha is interested in the place of iconography within her illustrative work. Her art is heavily focused on symbolism and the human form, which she uses to explore concepts of vulnerability, identity, anxiety, repression, and freedom.
She is currently focused on pushing the space between line work, shapes, and light to create a sense of fluidity, color, and form. Her outside ...
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.