“Global Warning” Receives Recognition.
At the 63rd annual River Club show this year, my mixed media scroll got an award from the judges, among them Jessica May, Chief Curator at the Portland Museum of Art. I am sharing it now because it will not be shown in public again, having been sold. My artist statement speaks to the urgency of distress on earth today. One viewer at the opening told me that the darkness does not overcome the light she experienced looking at it. That is my hope, too.
“…we would all be together in a sudden strangeness.”
The violence we do to ourselves and the planet, the fraying of earth’s sustaining matrix- the very fabric of life torn beyond repair: these were in my mind when I made “Global Warning.” The poet Pablo Neruda imagines a moment when everyone stops speaking, rushing, preparing “wars with gas, wars with fire,” a suspended moment when “fishermen in the cold sea/ would not harm whales”, when warriors “would put on clean clothes/ and walk about with their brothers…”*
May we find the ‘sudden strangeness’ of peace in our hearts, may we restore our relations with the earth and her creatures, may we ‘walk about’ with our brothers and sisters.
*The Estate of Pablo Neruda, “Keeping Quiet,” from Extravagaria, translated by Alistair Reed, Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, 1974.