I first heard the phrase "Give Peace a Chance" in John Lennon's Imagine Documentary. I wish I could remember where I read about Imagine. I know wherever I read it the context was assumed that the reader would know what the author was referring to, but I didn't. So I borrowed it from my library and learned a thing or two about the Beatles and John and Yoko. What stuck in my mind most was two things:
- There is an adult who was a dreamer and believed in the power of imagination.
- The lyrics: All we are saying, is give peace a chance.
So when we were asked to make signs for the Black Lives Matter event, this phrase popped into my head.
The biggest sheets of paper I had were 12x12 in watercolour paper. I actually made two signs just in case someone else needed a sign. When I got there I felt pretty shy though and realized it was probably kind of silly to think a perfect stranger would want a sign from someone else. In hindsight it would have been nice to tape these signs together and put a stick (maybe a magic wand!) in between them to hold them easier. Instead I just held them back-to-back.
These are the two signs I marched with. I picked my colour palettes from two Basquiat paintings. I painted them on the morning of the event and it was a good way to ground my anxious feelings.
Peter later shared this with me on Instagram about the colours of this one: