Bay Hallowell - Truth be Told
bay hallowell - truth be told
Every so often, I become curious about or fall in love with particular words or phrases. Today, questions of fact vs. fiction, truth and falsehood, information vs. propaganda have become ubiquitous. I find myself with deep yearnings that Truth Be Told.
Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the presidency was my first opportunity to become politically active. The “hope/change” slogan became my mantra as I trudged door to door doing voter registration in Santa Barbara and Pahrump, Nevada.
“Redact” appeared in a newspaper article about George W. Bush and his response to government sponsored scientific reports on the environment. He ordered large sections to be completely blacked out (redacted), before he would allow them to be made public.
“Marginalia” was the title of a thought-provoking essay by Glenn Adamson in the catalogue for The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World, an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. For me, marginalia evolved from its dictionary definition and Adamson’s focus on women artists into an expanding metaphor, one that included a wide range of people, places, and ideas located in the margins of whatever the main “text” was, is, or may become. I came to realize that margins are also boundaries, borders, limits, and edges; and that as they inevitably shift and morph, intriguing inclusions and exclusions occur.
The different uses and symbolic meanings of colors (or hues) to people of various cultures have intrigued me for a long time. Thus, the word play of “whose hues.”
The meaning of the United States motto “E Pluribus Unum”, found on American currency, is “one from many”. After the 2016 election, with divisions rampant in our families, neighborhoods, cities, states, and across our country, these old words acquired new meanings and import.