The Quench Project explores alternatives to societal ideas about beauty, tragedy and survival. The theme is the resilient nature of humans to rise “out of darkness.” Robert, who is a survivor of child sexual abuse, has dedicated his artistic life to telling the stories and celebrating the triumph of human spirit; specifically, our capacity to turn great adversity into victory. These are stories each of his fellow beings share in common, in our creative journey of survival.
“Throughout The Quench Project my goal has simply been to give a face to the “faceless hordes.” When seen as a wash of humanity it is easy to lose sight of the individual. When we can understand and connect with “the other,” they are far more likely to become us. My intention in traveling to Haiti was not to document the misery of the masses, or even to find a few representative faces to win sympathy in the States. My goal was to find out, through my art, how a people, one person at a time, and in a million different ways, are finding a path to survival.”
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