Ne Obliviscaris , 2023
48 x 28.5 x 1 in (h x w x d)
777 USD
Mixed media
for sale

Fun fact: I got into tarot due to learning about the tradition that came from my great-grandmother, Mary Campbell - on my dad's side. I had wanted to learn more about how such traditions were kept secret in Scotland, especially with such rampant witch hunts for centuries, as well as local folklore/medicine.

I knew little about Clan Campbell's history, and since I know my Chamorro side so well, we decided to take a Scottish Highlands tour a few years ago to check it out. During the small tour, our guide mentioned the Glencoe Massacre, which stemmed from Clan Campbell and Clan McDonald having a long-standing feud that ultimately led to the Glencoe Massacre in 1692. The guide then played "The Campbells Are Coming," which is a Scottish song associated with the notoriously ruthless Highlands Clan.

While the history feels well removed from me, Alex thought it was hilarious, and knowing Clan Campbell's motto is "Ne Obliviscaris" (Latin: Do not forget), he was like, "Oh, that is definitely you," laughing as the bagpipes played on the van tour. My memory is shit, but if you piss me off, I'll never forget you.

While I'm currently fighting VA on a variety of injuries, that motto certainly comes to mind, even if my own short-term memory is terrible. I've gotten good at documenting everything and anything because I have to, and I have spent years without any real help. I never wanted to forget what hell I had been through, only for terrible people to get away with harming or nothing to help those of us who needed it.

In this piece, anger manifests as an enraged entity devouring the soul of a useless bureaucrat who is entrenched in their own racism, misogyny, and general f*ckery. Sometimes when you want peace today and for the future, you have to dredge up the past and remind people who TF you are. Ne Obliviscaris, friends.

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