Outside the Box: Values

It’s clear that everything we do has a meaning and impact outside of our own small experience, that it’s a time for taking stock and holding ourselves to a higher standard going forward. Motivated by the imperative to change my perspectives and behavior, I realised that for me an important question is: “How I can be of greater service through my art, rather than my art simply benefitting me and my immediate audience?”

First step: Defining my Values

Connection to our Shared Humanity
• Celebrating and capturing moments of joy and connection
• Inspiring awe at the mysteries and wonder of the human condition
• Being real about the harder aspects of life – mortality, anger, fear, injustice
• Encouraging compassion for oneself and others

Social Justice
• Inspiring hope and a sense of individual empowerment
• Expressing and documenting important issues of our times
• Representing people of all colors, physical abilities and sexual orientations
• Being a resource for under-served and disadvantaged communities

Environmental Protection
• Business practices – e.g. reducing reliance on un-environmental materials, using local suppliers
• Engaging my art practice with local and global environmental activism