An illustration of Alisse Waterston's presidential speech which she gave at the American Anthropological Association's Annual Meeting December 2017.
When she began to speak I was in the audience about to sketch-note it, but I found myself enthralled and wanted to visually comprehend the depths of what she was saying. I knew I didn’t have time in the moment to do what I was envisioning, so instead took as many notes as possible in the hope that I could produce something of value immediately afterwards. I did. The inspiration took hold and I stayed up late drawing into the early hours that night.
Alisse had spoken from her heart sharing her intimate and valuable understanding of the world which comes not only from her, but from great thinkers and writers of the past and from her own family. Such a haul of personal and academic treasure, so generously framed with honesty and courage caught my own heart. If I were to understand this deeply I had to let it pass through me into a drawing. I had never heard a more truthful and poetic speech, unafraid to acknowledge reality, our own weaknesses, and also the hope we have in joining together.
Alisse and I have since then begun to turn her speech into a fully illustrated book called Light in Dark Times, which we hope will be out on the shelves by the end of 2019.
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Giclée printing onto German etching paper:
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