By Jen Okumura | Aug 21, 2020

Well, what a difference in 2020 makes…

Even in the most “normal” of years, summer brings a time of reset and travel. But if the last 5 months have taught me anything it is how inherently resilient and optimistic our creative community is. This doesn’t mean that every day of remote life has been smooth or that all these changes didn’t bring about big feelings in all of us. They did. But I’m something of an optimist by trade and by experience, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of our Array Contemporary family—for your adaptability, your willingness to try out “the new”—and just your general capacity to take this crazy Spring/Summer and see the best sides of it. This makes our ‘my’ heart smile.

Of course, the truth is that many uncertainties remain. Andrew Harvey may have said it best: “If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders.”  This leads to one of my works in ‘AC 5’ show opening on September 1st through the 30th.

“Bleue”— my heart feels two things, intensely and at the same time, for the needed conversations and actions taking place around the injustices and inequities we’ve all seen and have been talking about of late. My first feeling is, as I’m sure it has been for all of us, intense pain – for lives lost, for opportunities cut short, for the systemic problems that our country at times makes only halting progress towards addressing. But my heart also feels intense hope as we change with the world. This is our task as Artists—as humans and I can’t think of a group of practicing Artists better equipped to take this on.

We believe in the power of art and look forward to seeing everyone in-person at First Friday, September 4th from 5-8 pm for our ‘AC 5’ and by appointment.

Be well and stay inspired.

Jennifer Jean Okumura, ‘Bleue’ oils_40x40 inches


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  1. Jen Okumura on January 27, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Thank you for reading. It revealed our thirst for world stories never told – this became a 2020 mission and the essence of our heartfelt narratives of resilience, healing, solidarity, and freedom.

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