My mother’s poem, “Stealing Corn” exemplifies how I feel lately—the poem has come to mean to me “the risk of taking risks”. For the last three years I’ve been working on a series where I’ve taken the poem, “Stealing Corn” and used American Sign Language in the images. After my cochlear implant last year I needed to listen a lot to adjust to the implants. So I’ve been listening. I listened to Naomi Klein’s book “This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs the Climate”, it really got me thinking and researching climate issues more. I’ve always been concerned but never so concerned as now.
I never thought too much about Capitalism being the problem, it was supposed to be the saviour. I haven’t entirely given up hope on it because what are our options and I think part of human nature is to want to “make and create” things? What I’m hoping for is a Green Capitalism—one where making money would never be put above the care of the earth or it’s inhabitants. I can envision a better future, I think it’s within our grasp—our world has always been dictated by change—we just want it to be a good change for everyone.
It is a wickedly complex problem we’re having as George Marshall would say.
Paintings to come.
My small humble list of solutions.