Month: March 2017
This piece has been a long time coming due to my energy going towards the creation of a small human instead. With small human still pending, I would like to introduce to the world my latest mixed media baby (oil paint, digital):
This explores mass consumption through the meat trade and is a response to the film “Cowspiracy” and subsequent research on the environmental impact of global meat consumption. This isn’t just a response to the negative environmental impact of cow farts, but the energy needed to feed, farm and ship meat such as beef. It serves as a reminder to go local where possible and be a conscious consumer.
Like most, I’m very aware of global issues and feel obligated to help in some way. Because there is so much wrong with the world however, it’s difficult to decide where to focus my efforts. My natural response is self-preservation. Because it is no longer a case of if the system will crumble, but when. And when that time comes, or ideally long before; we need to be self-sustainable.
My method is to break it all down to our fundamental needs as humans and work out how to ensure that those needs are met in an increasingly unstable world. Having a proactive response to this then not only ensures future survival when the system starts to break down, but distances me from the system, contributing to it’s collapse. Hopefully documenting my efforts will aid and inspire others to do the same.
How is this relevant to my art practice? My art is and continues to be a creative response to my internal and external world. With age this response is becoming less transgressive and more pragmatic but still a powerful platform for change.
So, on that note….we are now warmly welcoming the start of summer. Time to put a green finger up to global production and mindless consumption by getting out in the garden