Featured Artist: Megan Trueblood
Vessel, holder, receiver. In the last year these words have held many different meanings for me. As I carried my third child, I thought a lot about how my body held and sustained him as he grew and developed within. Now that he is born my body continues to provide for him and sustain him, just as it does my other two children. My vessel carries the love, knowledge and strength that it takes to care for them.
In more recent months, as we have been experiencing a pandemic, political unrest and moral turmoil, I have thought about how my beliefs, experiences and agency—all held within my own vessel—affect the world around me. As I have been creating these works I have thought about the ways in which our vessels have the capacity to carry others in their time of need. To be filled with love for our brothers and sisters, whether or not we have the same view point. To hold empathy and love by seeing others as ourselves.
With this work, I hope to inspire the questions, “What do I choose to fill my vessel with” and “How does that choice impact others around me?