Holding Nothing

Michael Walsh

Ink and paper

2019

82 x 30 x 12 in.

When I was born the earth made me a promise. She promised to hold me in the void. She promised to take my weight. She promised to take whatever I gave her. Now I ask her to take my need to punish.

For most of my life I’ve lived with a need to punish people for their cruelty. I needed life to be fair, and for the unjust to be held accountable. The need to punish, the need to assign fault and blame is a manifestation of my fear. Holding Nothing is a release of that need and an expression of my gratitude for what I do have, no matter how ephemeral those effects are.

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