We’ve all heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”.
This juvenile rhyme that we used to say as kids immediately came to mind when I came across artist Aija Mayrock.
The childhood nursery rhyme along with the spoken word art by Miss Mayrock leads me to ask the question, do words really hurt?
Some believe words hurt, others not so much.
Miss Mayrock utilizes her art form, spoken word, as support and guidance for those being bullied.
Makes me wonder, if words can be used as a form of support and guidance, they can certainly be used in a malicious, hurtful way.
In fact, Mayrock doesn’t stop at the issue of bullying, she is also taking a stance on mental illness and women’s issues.
So, this week’s art question is this: Can things like art have a positive (or negative) impact on us mentally/emotionally/physically/spiritually?
Mayrock answered that very question. As someone who had been bullied, she said, “Bullying is not just kids being kids. There are a lot of young people who take their lives because of it.”
Check out her Instagram Page for a more complete interpretation of the spoken word she uses to be an incredibly important activist!
If you begin to overlook the importance of words and support, just look at Winter the Dolphin.
She lives in Florida and has inspired people all over the world by not just surviving but thriving with a prosthetic tail.
I think if a dolphin can help people feel positivity and belonging, then so can a spoken word activist who survived bullying herself.
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Art can teach us all a lesson. It can also be very healing.
In this case, it helped Mayrock find her voice which she uses to advocate and empower others.
So, I think if I attempted to answer my own question I would say words definitely hurt. And if we aren’t strong enough to work through that, then it can have devastating effects.
But thankfully, the art community has some amazing artists who are attempting to make the world a better place.
I’ve had the distinct pleasure of introduced you to a spoken word artist who has an anti-bullying stance.
I’ve also introduced you to Her Blaze artist Sansanee Termtanasombat who uses art to educate others on mental illness.
What other ways can art be used to spread positivity? If you could impact the world through your art, what would that impact look like?
I am going to leave you with a profound statement made by musician Carrie Underwood.
“Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.”
Move on is exactly what Mayrock and Termtanasombat did. They moved on and taught the world a lesson in the process and for that, we are grateful!