Hat 2: Online Art Journal

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“I am grateful to Randy for sharing his art journal on social media, for the value and quality of the works in themselves; but even more for Randy’s vulnerability in sharing his struggles with anxiety through his kindness cartoons. I see so much of my own experience in these cartoons, and they remind me that I am not alone. Thank you so much, Randy, for sharing your talents and your story to bless and edify others.”

Tara Briggs Kirkey

“I have known Randy since highschool. Social media allows me to keep up with the many stages and iterations of old (and getting older) friends. And while I could ramble about the negative aspects of social media, I am writing about Randy and what his positive contributions to social media have meant to me. As someone who suffers with anxiety, social anxiety and depression, I have identified and related to most of Randy’s posts and drawings in the last few years. His art journal has expressed so much of what a lot of people can’t say.

Randy will forever be etched in my mind as the long haired, bearded hippie guy who was always good for some wisdom, some laughs or a hug. And it is good to see he his still out there in another city putting that into the world.”

Angela Reynolds

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Trauma is Contagious

Here is an art journal drawing about trauma. I don’t really want to say much about this other than to point out that trauma seeks to reproduce itself.

In this pandemic, households who live with trauma are paying a very high price. Trauma is a contagion that thrives on social isolation, the reduction of medical services, and the loss of community supports like in person school. As our society cuts services we are making value judgements on who is entitled to wellness and safety.

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Christmas 2020

When I started this art journal it was with the intention of being open, honest and whole about my life. To not separate or divide my life into little boxes for different circles of community.

I don’t know what your experience is this holiday but I’m not doing well. I am reaching out to some people so this isn’t a cry for help but rather just an attempt to say that if you are feeling unwell you are not alone.

For me I don’t know if it is the pandemic, quarantine Christmas, or the stresses that are just part of my life (or a combination of all those things).

I’m tired of people pointing out the silver linings, posting photos of their fun creative ways they are weathering these “unprecedented times.” I’m tired of being afraid of not saying the right thing. I’m tired of people talking about the importance of taking care of your mental health while shaming people who break public health rules to keep sane and safe.

I’m tired. I’m sore. I’m angry. I’m shaky. I’m sad. I don’t feel well and I don’t have to pretend.

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