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CONTRIBUTION · 29th September 2010
Matthew Daratha
I started this painting at the Skeena Diversity Societyís Coffeehouse. I did not want to create something that I could exchange for money but create something that could be exchanged for thoughts. The painting took me maybe 72 hours stretched out over two weeks.

I see the painting as a form of poetry without the words, something that says a lot without saying anything at all. The materials I used were acrylic paint on regular canvas.

When I started the project, I had a certain goal in mind, but I did not see the finished project coming. It just happened, with this painting as with the ones before it. I feel that they are each a learning lesson and I feel I could always do better. If there was one thing I would change about it, I would have changed the size; I would have painted it on bigger canvas. When I chose this topic the objective was to speak to the surrounding area and whoever else that could hear what had to be said. When I was in the process of creating the painting it brought me sadness and a sense of peace. I felt I needed to destroy something beautiful, maybe feeling the same way Enbridge feels for doing the same thing.

Maybe Enbridge is right, maybe we can get work, maybe everyone can use the extra cash, and maybe we can sacrifice our earth for this purpose, kill the water system & the animals that live in there. We need to get to work, we need oil and we donít care how we get it or what ever the cost is do we? We as humans love to destroy everything in our path, even if we canít live for a better tomorrow, we sure will love living in the greater today. We are human beings, we make mistakes, it is in our nature to make them, and here we are about to let humans make another one that could be prevented.

If you want to do something, then write them a letter, because the only way anyone seems to listen, is when the yelling has been turned to a mute, and the written word is the only way to cast a thunderstorm on them. So if you want to stop them, write them a letter, spread the word, and share your point of view. The community should come together and write them a letter, and if the pipeline comes in support your local forest industry and write them a letter

The comments I have heard surrounding my painting have all been positive Each viewer was able to see the message the painting said without me saying anything at all.

I have named this piece Devastating Beauty.

Matthew Daratha was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1984. He is currently a part of the Terrace Skeena Diversity Society and ran the Graffiti Fest 2010 at the old CO-OP building.

Daratha feels his ideas are mere combinations of things seen, memories of the past and clashes of ideas put together to create and express his imagination. The greatest feeling for him is the feeling of accomplishment when he finishes a piece. Through creating, he is able to use his gift and share it with the world. he knows life is too short to spend fighting and too short to spend waiting; time that is spent doing is worth more to him than time talking. His passion for art will never change.

"I don't want to be remembered for who I am, but for what I have done. I love the freedom and the escape, where there are no laws, no restrictions, just the ability to create."
Painting during the Skeena Diversity Coffeehouse
Painting during the Skeena Diversity Coffeehouse
The finished product at the Coffeehouse... but not the end product.
The finished product at the Coffeehouse... but not the end product.
Matthew creates the Skeena Diversity Society logo graffiti-style on the old CO-OP during Graffiti Fest 2010
Matthew creates the Skeena Diversity Society logo graffiti-style on the old CO-OP during Graffiti Fest 2010