a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
A single gunshot, aimed high at a wall and injuring no one, forever changed Marissa Alexander’s life. On July 31, 2010, Alexander, then a 29-year-old mother of three, returned to the Jacksonville, Florida, home she once shared with her estranged husband, Rico Gray, to collect some belongings. Gray, who had been arrested three times in the past on charges of domestic violence, showed up unexpectedly with his two sons from previous relationships. According to Alexander, Gray flew into a rage and threatened to kill her after seeing some text messages on her phone. Alexander says she ran to her truck, but was unable to leave because the garage door was broken. She then retrieved her gun from her vehicle’s glove compartment, went back inside and fired a warning shot into the kitchen wall. Gray left the house and called 911, telling the operator that Alexander had shot at him and his children. Alexander, who had given birth to the couple’s daughter only nine days before the incident, was subsequently charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
Keil Borrman lives and works in Norway, Maine. He hopes to return to painting someday but for now his work is focused on the restoration of an 18th C farmhouse, barn and 20 acres of neglected farmland. With a focus on regenerative agricultural models and through working with local farmers/community members the long term plan is to develop a project that supports the self-perpetuating development of local food, environmental and social justice for the near and long term. This project is an outgrowth of the “Reparative paintings” series. The visual works were a model for corrupting the economic model that defines the art/collecting world for the sustained and growing benefit of individuals affected by social injustice and organizations dedicated to correcting those injustices.