Linda J Beeman
At the end of 2014 my life was devastated by a mosquito virus called chykungya that I was infected with while in Japan. I was unable to do the things I love, especially my work, Japanese woodblock prints. It took 4 months before I was diagnosed andI began treatment. This is the first carving I have been able to do since September 2014.
This scene is Lake Biwa and the surrounding mountains in Shiga, Japan. Michigan and Shiga have been Sister States since 1968 and I am the Vice President of the Sister State Board. I love Shiga. I love the mountains, so different from Michigan. I love my wonderful friends there. But, I was also told not to travel back to Japan this year because reinfection (there is no vaccine) would impair my health further.
So, this is my Peace – to travel to the place I love through my work and to do the work I love and imagine I am there.
Sarah Fenner Surrey, UK
(transcribed) Well this was tougher than expected! I've never done wood carving,or print of any sort but just liked the collaborative concept and the subject of "peace". So many things I would have liked to have carved from praying hands, as subject, a single snow drop, but I settled in the end for simplicity and that space where we were created, grew and became, in peace. Thank you for all your hard work and allowing me to be a part of it.
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