Water is Life


Artwork Notes:

If we look to the seasons we see that darkness comes in cycles, offset by rhythms of light. And yet the darkness has never felt so loud as the discordant anthem of this asymphonic night.

We are tempted to see this present moment as the cold oppression of a tangible force. A standing army of arguments against our better angels. Generals, officers and even pawnsmen making strategy behind the fireless smoke. Tanks and armor. Bullets, bayonets, and words.

Yes, words. Words meant for good twisted beyond recognition. Word as a weapon. Word as a poison. Word as the famine, the plague, the killing of every firstborn. Word as the ultimate tool of victory and defeat. Word delivered in a flash of blinding light, deceptively cloaking darkness behind it’s insatiable heat.

We begin to think of darkness in terms of the battle as though might just might make right after all and light might somehow be wrong.

Don’t be fooled. There is no darkness. It is not a thing of itself, it is only the momentary absence of light. As long as there is love and beauty and a song to be sung, darkness is already defeated before it has even begun.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Water is Life"
Original Size: 24" x 24"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2016

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Live Art
Location/Event: Benefit for Standing Rock @ Jambalaya, Arcata CA
Date Painted: 12/15/2016
Nonprofit Beneficiary: Water Protector Legal Collective
Funds Raised: $400


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