Totally Pasted was never really meant as a political statement. It was simply a way for rural kids to become exposed to more art and to maybe raise a few dollars for a worthwhile cause. I had my own political leanings but they were never really part of the vision behind the project. But after a week of organizing and talking to other artists and after an announcement of massive budgetary cuts to the arts in the US, this has become a political movement.
Art has always been at the forefront of social change whether it be protest songs, thought provoking visual arts or even a funny sign at a rally. Art has the ability to change people's views. Art can be a rallying point. Remember the HOPE poster by Shepard Fairey? It became more than just an image. It became synonymous with the dreams of a better nation.
We, as artists, have an obligation. The ability to freely create art is not a right but luxury and if we we do not use this ability to create for the betterment of society, we have failed as artists. We must use whatever powers we have, although limited in reach and scope, to help create a place of acceptance and compassion for those who are not as lucky as we are when it comes to freedom of expression. When we see fascism and propaganda creeping into everyday life, it is our job to combat that in any manner we see fit.
So, yes. This wall is a political statement. We will not be silenced by politicians like Trump, Farage or yes... even Kevin O'Leary. These men are simply old, wealthy white men who are scared of losing the enormous power they have been given by a society that is scared to move away from the old, wealthy white man model. This is a wall of acceptance, peace, love and most of all, change.
If I lose followers or patrons or volunteers, that is ok by me. They can continue building their own walls around countries, races and religions. They are likely too busy to help out with this little project anyway what with all the hate mongering.
Image reposted from @tristaneaton - Wow. Beatrice Moore & Karen Fiorito out in Phoenix got the cojones!