We’ve all been finding out ways to deal with the disappointing election of Donald Trump. (Still doesn’t seem real yet.) I’ve worked the past year on a book Yes: Transform Your Life with Color By Number. My publisher, Regan Arts, picked November 8 as the pub date and my launch party (see next post) was two days later. It was supposed to be a double celebration but my friends turned up despite the city’s somber mood. It took my Uber a full hour to get uptown from the West Village the night of the party because of the protests at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. I’ve since heard from friends that coloring my book, with it’s positive messages has been relaxing and therapeutic, so I feel better hat maybe it IS doing some good.
Artist Matthew Chavez has created another way for New Yorkers to find comfort Trump’s win in, of all places, the subway. He has up a folding table in the entrance to the subway at 14th Street with a sign reading “Subway Therapy” and offering Post-It to “express yourself”. In doing so, he has given birth to a colorful, grieving (sometimes-hopeful) message installation. He told the New York Times,
“A lot of people will see the wall, and they’ll just break down and start crying, and what’s been really beautiful about that is that when that happens, people give them hugs.”
At least 1,500 people have posted messages including, “this too shall pass,” “love & light to all” and
“I’m appalled that this happened… but our democracy is stronger than any one individual.”
Some subway therapy out-patients are offering calls to action and consolation, insisting,
“We’ll find a way to make this right.”
We will. I don’t know how, but we will.
(via Artnet News)