I’ve been running through my head the binary code that is written in the background of my painting Code of Hope (see above) which is Hope, Hopeless, and Hopeful, as I prepare to leave for Paris for The Place to B and the COP21. I have hope that the heads of state will work out agreements to limit carbon emissions, there are so many people coming together, that care deeply, passionately about our planet and it’s inhabitants. Then I’ll move to hopeless— It’s all very voluntary, the agreements are not binding and there are no repercussions for failure. If we fail it is a failure of democracy, of the creative spirit within humanity to overcome adversity, it is a decision that the money and power from big oil, coal and gas and big Agriculture trump humanity, the earth and it’s inhabitants. Then I move to hopeful, if we change the systems we live within in it will change the behaviors of people. So we must change the systems and the developed countries must be leaders. Then I run through the whole cycle again with different versions of Hope, Hopeless and Hopeful, but in the end I am left with being hopeful.
One of the greatest results, I had not anticipated, of working on the climate issues through my artwork is seeing the admiration in the eyes of my daughters and I know when I see that I am giving them a future where they can find hope within their hearts.
I will be reporting through social media about my experience in Paris at The Place to B and the COP21, focusing on the art and activism that is coming out of the gathering. I would love for you to join me on this journey!