Don’t Miss Our New “Courage Collab” Artist Series
Giffords is proud to unveil a new collection from artists Rebecca Williams and Tyson Krank celebrating the courage and strength of Gabby Giffords.
With a new tote, mug, makeup bag, and journal, the collection symbolizes Gabby’s bold spirit and the strength that Americans find when we come together to build a better world.
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Meet The Artists
Rebecca Williams is a mixed-media artist from Washington DC who composes her pieces through screen-printing, collage, painting, and color application to form multi-dimensional stories. Much of her work highlights powerful women and their strength and femininity.
As Rebecca began her process, she poured through photographs and worked to learn everything she could about Gabby. After choosing a primary image that captured Gabby’s spirit, Rebecca added bold colors and collage elements she had gathered over years of creating. The connection between the varied elements in Rebecca’s artwork speaks to the power of coming together to unite our many stories into one mission.
Arizona artist Tyson Krank similarly expresses unity from distinct elements in his artwork. His experience with murals, sculpture, painting, and leather gives him the ability to pull from different media as he crafts his work. For his painting with Giffords, he chose abstract shapes and colors that testify to the values of the gun violence prevention movement.
“Warm shades of orange and vibrant blues, which symbolize diversity and courage, are intertwined together,” wrote Tyson. “They appear bold, separate and distinct from one another, but also overlap, share space, and come together to create harmony. Like the painting, Giffords works to build unity and common ground.”
Coming together and finding community is more important than ever as we continue to adapt to the challenges of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Without the ability to gather in traditional artistic venues like galleries or retail stores, the “Courage Collab” has also provided the opportunity to re-imagine how we present art in a socially distanced world.
“This was the first project I did start to finish during the pandemic,” explained Rebecca. “That also meant finding new and creative ways to distribute my art in a mostly virtual/digital world.”
Just as Gabby captures the transformative power of art by playing her french horn, these artists’ creations represent the best of our values at Giffords.
In 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona. In the face of adversity and opposition, she’s inspired millions to fight for a safer America, one free from gun violence.Read More