'Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you'. Native American (Huron) Proverb
'Life words that keep us from falling off into abstract space'. (1) George Monbiot
Good day and welcome! I have just finished reading an article by George Monbiot 'Forget the environment ; we need new words to convey life's wonders' Brilliantly presented, articulate and vibrant. It encourages us to reconnect with the natural world by firstly considering the verbal jargon and dialogue presently being used. By touching on how a disconnection has occurred through contemporary language being used to describe the natural world. This alienating disconnect of words such as 'environment' rather than 'living planet' or 'natural world' ...Robert Macfarlane mentions how even the new Children's Oxford Dictionary has omitted words such as acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, lark, mistletoe, cowslip, dandelion, fern, hazel, ivy, kingfisher and the likes for more 'relevant' words such as... attachment , blockgraph, blog, broadband, celebrity.....cut and paste... Revealing to an extent how disconnected from the natural world via words and language contemporary societies have become....All in just a couple of generations....This sits uneasily. Sobering quotes such as ' If an acorn goes from the lexicon,the game is up for the nature in England' (Cocker). Making one think again about the future existence of planet earth.
Such articles challenge as ensuing debates from round the planet continue concerning climate change ...it is a debate I frequently revisit and try to comprehend through reading and making art...in recent works I describe nature as the 'natural 'environment'...maybe revealing my own disconnect to the world outside my window...maybe there will be a continual revising/reshaping of my understanding and the need to deliberate and reconnect to the living planet.
Altered Perceptions Series
Birds are indicators of the environment, if they are in trouble, we will soon be in trouble
(2) Roger Tory Peterson
A recent series of mixed media images, Altered Perceptions, depicts elements of the natural world set in an immersive 'abstracted' context. I use the phrase, "Human kind we are but one thread" in order to illuminate the issues faced on planet earth... aware of what we are leaving for future generations to inherit... The work is very experimental in approach. I use contrasting vibrant colours onto a back ground of ultramarine blue. I drip, scratch, scrape, splash acrylic paint onto the paper before adding collage materials - which represent various birds. Finally scratching and writing with gold leaf for an expressive image.
Today's massive loss of species and habitat will be slowed only when the human community understands that nature is not an inferior to be exploited or an enemy to be destroyed but an ally requiring respect and replenishment. We are part of the web of life. Many strands already have broken. We must act quickly to repair what we can. Our lives and livelihood depend on it. United Nations Environment Programme