"You Failed Me" by Peter Breese, 2012. Ink and gouache on paper.
the wake of the last thirteen years, the time since the Columbine High
School shooting, I have struggled to restrain my emotions surrounding
the incidence and relative acceptance of violence in our American
society. As a Coloradan and father of two young children, the tragedy
at Sandy Hook Elementary was simply more than I could bear. As an
artist, I often find myself reflecting on the Mother of Exiles and how
she might feel in these moments - a mixed sense of fury and sorrow to
match my own.
can be better. We must be better. For the future of this country and
the well-being of our children - a safer and brighter liberty for all