Illustrated poster / 2020
"Artists are like canaries in a coal mine. In an uncertain world, we need them to keep singing."
“Keep Singing” is a first-time collaboration between Jenie Gao and Rae Senarighi. Jenie wrote the text and created the birds illustration. Rae designed the typography and final layout. This has been so uplifting for us to work on together. While this was inspired by our bizarre new pandemic reality, we hope it can be a timeless inspiration to you.
We are selling a limited edition run of 100 giclee prints. These are high quality, archival prints and hand-signed by both artists. $10 from each print sale will go into an artists’ commission fund. Depending on how many we sell, the goal is to be able to pay it forward and pay another artist to make something beautiful. If we can sell all 100 prints, you will help us create a $1,000 fund for this cause. By purchasing this print, you’ll not only be supporting two professional artists (Rae and Jenie) and their families, but also you will also help us pay the love forward. Thank you, and keep singing!!
Full artist's statement
We are living in an unprecedented time, and it’s common during a crisis for people to forego the arts. Worry consumes us as we scramble to cover basic and short-term needs. There’s a saying that when people enter survival mode, humor is the first trait to go.
And yet. Even amidst the greatest uncertainty, a landmark, a flag, a familiar image can cue us to return to our humanity. Even in darkness, songs can unite people across balconies, uplift soldiers in trenches, and remind us of who we are. Even from deep grief, dancing and drawing can reignite our souls.
The book burning is the harbinger of every ending civilization. The difference between a healthy civilization and a collapsing one is the social bond that comes not from our technology, but the vibrant culture of our humanity. Art represents the cultural ethos of our time. It is the social glue between people, the bonfire for our ideas, the embrace between our ancestors and our successors.
Artists are like canaries in a coal mine. In an uncertain world, we need to keep singing.