ECO-VISIONARIES: TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW IT ALL FITS TOGETHER???!
By christinaillenapeake, Mar 5 2020 09:16PM
I have been trying to attend as many events as I can at the moment in addition to reading and constantly drawing, photographing, writing my thoughts to get a grasp of where I want my work to go which is to be ecologically engaged.
When I went to Peru the communities and the environement of the rainforest changed everything! Last month I attend a conference called 'We Make Tomorrow' held by Julie's Bicycle. At that event there was so much to imbibe because there was such a diversity of content and presenters but the person that changed everything was Jason deCaires Taylor!
I obviously need to research and learn more about artists that are interrogating these themes and I am doing that but to see work that actually transformed barren spaces underwater to directly address and propagate biodiversity changed the perameters of what I thought I could do as an artist. That is now one of my objectives, to create art that can tansform the spaces that have been decimated, to work with nature and support it as an essential comunity contributing to my quality of life to flourish. To think I maybe able to actually contribute to biodiversity, not just conserve but help to make grow and multiply like it has impacted my life and created my world, would be the ultimate accomplishment! To think that I could create work that is a solution in addition to critquing, querying, proposing, imagining a multiplicity of visions for ecological futures has just extended the horizon so much further.
As much as I am overwhelmed and quite honestly sometimes afraid for what might happen, (but I live with that always now that I have my son and danger is omnipresent) my research urges me to carve deeper into the climate change crisis and the brighter the future seems when I see the creativity and commitment being brought to it. These are hard backed men, women and children doing serious tings and I want to grow up to be just like them!