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The SORRY Project

As Dylan sang, "How does it feel?"

How does it feel to carry the weight of the last couple of years in contemporary America? In my studio, I asked friends, family and strangers to sit down and show how sorry they are for the current state of affairs. The expressions and gestures are theirs, reflecting a gamut from shock to sadness to resignation, and everything in between.

The SORRY Project is inspired by David Hockney's "Portrait of Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima (JP)," which was inspired in turn by Van Gogh's "Sorrowing Old Man." Both images are at right.

So far the SORRY Project has revealed a wealth of feeling, just under the surface. I hope it creates a community of empathy among viewers as well.