Other people’s #rudeness#negativity#craziness can impact your life ! If you choose to let it. You can choose to live in the #shadows with them or choose to step away and #live in the #light . #Remember negative people have to live with themselves their whole lives. You have the choice not to! — Living Your Own Best Dream Life.
Day 7 ... I decided to go and see the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, partly because having worked in wax as a medical artist I was curious to see the approaches taken to sculpting these figures, and perhaps more to pay tribute and honour the men and women immortalised in this Musuem.
What I hadn't expected was quite how moving and upsetting I would find the exhibition. The museum begins with a history of slavery and a reconstruction of a slave ship, and the unimaginable horrors that occured on these vessels, along with the brutality of colonial repression more widely. It moves through history; the waxes create an uncanny experience that left me haunted, shocked, disturbed, devasted and inspired. The collection of civil rights leaders and the stories behind their struggle, endurance, humanity, intelligence and dignity moved me to tears.
Had to sit down for quite a long time outside the exhibition space to collect my thoughts. If you're in Baltimore, I think it's important place to visit. Thanks to the artists, educators, historians and researchers behind the curation of this work. Another example of how art has the power to engage, connect and change lives.