Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Etching the Sun

It seems I got a little carried away with my etchant, but I am so happy with the result.

Some of the copper disc actually dissolved (the sun did lose its yellow), but the resist lettering remained intact.

So here it is, etched, patinaed and burnished. It's adhered to the tin ATC which has been colored with Sharpies, heat-set and trimmed with copper tape.

Remember Floride and the brave women of the DRC.

The following email reminds me how fortunate we are

and how much we take for granted living in the USA.

Silence is not always golden. Speak the truth.

Dear Victoria,

On Tuesday April 8, at 10pm HBO is premiering the Sundance Film Festival’s 2008 award-winning documentary The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo. It will continue to air throughout the month of April.This powerful, moving film literally breaks through the wall of silence and opens the world's eyes to the tens of thousands of women and small children who have been raped, mutilated and tortured in the name of war. Emmy award winning producer/director Lisa F. Jackson takes you into the war zones of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and introduces you to some of the most courageous, inspiring women and children you'll ever meet. With the help of Women for Women International’s Country Director, Christine Karumba, she interviewed participants in our program. For decades they have suffered in shame and silence. Now, they are sharing their painful stories with the hope that it will help end these atrocities and they can feel the peace that you and I enjoy every day.As a friend of Women for Women International, you know the stories these women tell are not just about the unspeakable tragedies they have endured. Their stories are also about hope, courage and amazing resilience.It is our privilege to work with these women. In the last two years, we have expanded our programs to reach remote villages and have now helped over 15,000. The women in our programs receive rights awareness training, job skills training, money for food, clothes and schooling for their children. And Women for Women International provides a support system that helps her move from victim to survivor to active citizen.I truly hope that you'll join me in learning more about what is happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo by watching The Greatest Silence.These women have been given a voice. Now their voices need to be heard. Sincerely, Zainab SalbiPS: If you'd like you can send a message of hope right now to a woman in the Congo. Simply follow this link. What may seem like only a few words to you could be the very hope and inspiration a Congolese woman needs to carry on.

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