These paintings were made specifically for Revolution Hall, once Washington High School and now a space full of music, design and food. The two journeys depicted in the murals are a national and continental transmission of ideas and stories. The first sequence takes into account the history of the entire continent. Stories and songs are revolutionary in that they are the food of a living culture. The stories we are taught in American schools leave out so many voices and histories that it stunts the health of the culture. The figures represented in these murals barely scratch the surface. Behind each image in the murals is a multiplicity of other stories and voices.
The second sequence is much more intimate and local. This region is fed (both literally and metaphorically) by the Columbia River. In these pictures I’ve allowed one or two people to be dwarfed by the immensity of the landscape.
In all the panels, The She Wolf walks through as a protector and a witness. She is the matriarchal protector of the wild. All of these stories are in each of us. They seep in the ground. They sit in this building. These stories are songs reverberating in these halls.
Here’s a video for the upcoming celebration in December 2018.