In My Hands

 

My eyes caught him from across the room’

We hadn’t seen him (each other) in almost 8 years

Both of us ventured off and made lives

 

Our bodies moved on their own towards each other

As if they instinctively knew

It was that time again

 

Hands grabbed my friend, my brother

His hands mimicking what mine were doing

Laughter, smiles and emotions rushed through

 

A commencement reunion of memories and joy

We felt his heart beating through his whole body

sure enough he could feel mine as well

Reunited with my brother, In my hands

 

By: Ahmari Davis

Murales Lian’s artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues while celebrating struggle and mutual aid. Often referencing current issues, his work explores the varying relationships between public/private space and fine art. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the refugee crisis, prisoner aid and feminist solidarity, his work reproduces familiar visual and aural signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered murals. While his public work is mostly grand scale pieces, he also enjoys the process inherent in small scale private commissions and in both cases his methodology is consistent. When working in public spaces, he tries to incorporate his murals within in the community, so much of public space is usurped from the public, (i.e. by advertising, bad city planning, propaganda etc.) and the goal of his artwork is to be part of the public sphere, to promote public discourse and make the Communities voice heard. This can be translated into workshops, visual images of the area being represented in the murals or simply communicating with a neighborhood before starting a piece.

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