Why Representative Ilhan Omar is Important (Videos)

Why Representative Ilhan Omar is Important (Videos)

Representative Ilhan Omar in Minnesota House 

Portrait of Minnesota House Representative Ilhan Omar by Skye Lucking.

Portrait of Minnesota House Representative Ilhan Omar by Skye Lucking.

It was tough times between November and January in terms of political feeling. I was (and still am) energized and ready to take action when and where I could. If art was associated with that action – all the better. One of the opportunities I had was to donate artwork to the “Nasty Women – Phoenix Unite” Art Show. My idea was to look for the positive and I identified 3 Notable Women that gave me hope and inspired my action.  You can read more about that here. 

One of those notable women was Ilan Omar. 

Ilhan Omar is the newly elected, Minnesota House Representative for District 60B. She is the first Somali-American, Muslim woman in the nation to hold an office at this level. After the start of the Somali civil war in 1991, she and her family left the country and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

I was so pleased to see that Representative Omar was a guest on The Daily Show last night. She’s one of those people you want everyone to know about. A child refugee. A Somali-American, Muslim woman. She’s strong. She’s eloquent. She’s American through and through. She’s part of a government that is increasingly hostile to those people exactly like her. She’s crushing it. 

Representative Ilhan Omar on The Daily Show (Video)

 

Time-Lapse Video of Representative Ilhan Omar Portrait

Peace comes by way of inviting and understanding those that are different from you, not blocking and hating them. This is why Ilhan Omar is important. She shows us that there is no one-type of American and that’s what makes America great. 

“Notable Women” Submissions for the show “Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite”

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Notable (Nasty) Women: Founders of Black Lives Matter, Ilhan Omar, and Faith Spotted Eagle – artwork done by Skye Lucking for the ‘Nasty Women” exhibits around the country.

I knew the moment I saw the call for art by the Grand Art Haus (@grandarthaus) in downtown Phoenix for the “Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite” show, I had a project on my hands. Here was the description:

We are the Phoenix sisters of the Nasty Women Exhibition in Queens, NYC, Nashville, TN, Lubbock, TX, Minneapolis, MN, Lexington, KY, Lubbock, TX, Leverett, MA, San Diego, Ca, Melbourne, Australia, Brussels, Belgium and other cities. Our simultaneous group exhibitions will demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify as Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights. The exhibition will also serve as a fundraiser to support Planned Parenthood. As we approach doomsday (January 20) we want to serve as a platform for community and coalition building to push back against the Trump Presidency.

There were a lot of angles I mulled over. I could go full rage against the machinations of our modern day monster. I could laser in on one or many of the injustices ongoing or predicted. I could just make a really, really ugly depiction of that bozo guy…

In the end, my distaste for the word ‘nasty’ (it kinda makes my skin crawl) and the reality that I’d be obsessing, living, painting with the subjects at hand – I decided to seek out some notable women of 2016.  Women who were fighting social justice battles long before there was a big boogey clown crowned for power. Women who would give me hope. Women who would inspire me to do and be good. Of the many social justice warriors out there, these were the ones I chose.

Faith Spotted Eagle

Timelapse – Notable Woman ~ Faith Spotted Eagle from Skye Lucking on Vimeo.

Faith Spotted Eagle

Faith Spotted Eagle: Faith Spotted Eagle is a Native American activist. She is a member of the Yankton Sioux Nation who helped block development of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline. She is the first Native American to ever receive a presidential electoral college vote.

 

Ilhan Omar:

Notable Woman: Ilhan Omar from Skye Lucking on Vimeo.

Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar is the newly elected, Minnesota House Representative for District 60B. She is the first Somali-American, Muslim woman in the nation to hold an office at this level. After the start of the Somali civil war in 1991, she and her family left the country and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

 

The Founders of #BlackLivesMatter:

TimeLapse: Notable Women – BLM Founders from Skye Lucking on Vimeo.

 Alicia GarzaPatrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi

Black Lives Matter Founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tomato

With her initial post as a ‘love letter to black people’ Alicia Garza kicked off what has now become the Black Lives Matter movement. Her note said: ““Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.” Her friend and fellow organizer, Patrisse Cullors, reposted this with the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

 

The opening night for the “Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite” show raised over $11K dollars for Planned Parenthood Arizona!!! I am so happy, humbled, and excited to participate in a first of, I hope, many art and social justice charged events!

Thank you!

Skye Lucking

@skyelucking