2:25pm PDT // Hello visitors, I am writing this posting to some degree as a response to Jason McChristian’s previous blog posting. As artists of any kind, part of the job description is to raise questions and or provide the participant with an experience, whether visual or aural, that stimulates the mind and brings feelings to the surface that may not have otherwise been there. Within any discipline of the arts, any work with depth or content that raises the big question(s) will inevitably offend somebody. There isn’t any way around it, nor should there be in my humble opinion. Whether or not you agree with what an artist has to say, their job is to provoke thoughts and emotions, positive or negative, for better or worse, bottom line. Anything controversial is bound to encounter obstacles, but regardless of your own personal belief, art work that pushes boundaries is a necessity and should have the support of performers as well as audience members. Without support, the artist living in fear of offending someone will discontinue the production of stimulating artwork. Usually, the things that make us uncomfortable are the things that hit closest to home, which should be the target of any artist worth a second glance. If everyone were comfortable, then where does that put us?