Photograph by Kevin McConnell

Companion Species (Anthem), 2017

Companion Species (Anthem),
17.5 × 18.5 in.
Four-color woodblock print, ed. 14
Printed by TMP Frank Janzen at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Pendleton, OR.
Photograph by Kevin McConnell

One-half of a diptych reflecting on the Marvin Gaye song “What’s Going On.” While the anti-war, anti-hate, activism content is resonant, what first caught my attention is the way the lyrics acknowledges family members, “Mother, mother…Brother, Brother…Sista Sista Sista….Father, father,” and and signals our relatedness beyond a biological construct. It seems as much of an anthem for today as it was when Marvin Gaye self-produced it.