"can and bottle recyler, autograph collector in new york city and I would love to visit california. Im a good businessman"
The murder of Timothy Caughman is deeply disturbing, and weighs heavily on my heart. This kind and beloved man spent his career helping people as a job coach. In his retirement, he made extra money recycling cans and bottles. He loved collecting autographs and dreamed of one day going to Hollywood.
His dreams were stolen from him in the most violent way imaginable, all because of the color of his skin.
I decided to make this memorial to Mr. Caughman because I wanted to honor his legacy. I wanted to raise up his stolen dreams. I did not want his death to go unnoticed.
As I made this piece, I thought about Mr. Caughman's life. I walked around my city and collected cans and bottles and reflected on how, as a white woman, I didn't have to worry about my race making me a target for violence. I picked pieces to place in the bottles to represent his dreams of visiting California; and thought about my many visits to Los Angeles and how lucky I am to have had those opportunities. I don't have to think about the color of my skin. I have doors open to me based on it. I live a life of privilege.
This is not the world that Christ laid out for us. In God's kingdom, we are all equal. We are bound to each other in God's love.
Please take a moment to reflect on the life of Mr. Caughman.
RUMC Artist in Residence