Art is a universal language. And hope is a universal feeling. At this time in human history, we all long for a ray of hope, for some vestige of unity.
I began this series in 2008 as a way to help build bridges between diverse cultures; art as diplomacy. During the six years I spent making the 44 works on paper, it became more than that, evolving into a celebration of the fact that—despite our diversity in language and culture—we are all one, with a common hope for our future together.
A work of art is finished only when you, the viewer, finishes it by taking it into your mind and heart. Have a slow look at each work, and at the Map of Hope, at the Quilt of Hope, and add your own Note of Hope. These are small acts, but they change our world for the better. – Mark L. Smith