Compassion in the Midst of Violence
by Mikele Rauch
There are permutations in all of our actions: cruel, incomprehensible, sublime—luminous, kind. We can love and we can kill. There is the fierce and powerful component of compassion that must be tended to in the face of suffering. It is not a sentiment. It is a force of intention.
The work presented here represents the aspects of compassion in the midst of violence—the grief and the hope, and the vision of what is possible.
Mikele Rauch is an artist who works with words and media to communicate the outrage and the wonder of the world. She is one of the founding members of the MaleSurvivor.org International Weekends of Recovery Team and chair of TakingBackOurselves, an organization aimed to empower women survivors of sexual abuse.