"Klee's repeated insistence that the ultimate form of a work is not as important as the process leading to it … proposes that the wellspring of human and natural creation are essentially one…"
|Catherine Nolan art & illustration||
Knitted copper wire, Bohemia glass beads, stitching, & collage on gouache-painted balsa.
The solutions to the changing climate, although in the news frequently, do not seem to be easy for most people to contemplate.
Part of the problem with getting people to engage with climate change is that it exists mainly as an idea that comes to us through science, and many people hold the communications of science at a remove from their everyday lives. Climate change is not yet integrated into our society culturally, through the arts.
Engaging with climate change through art gives us a chance to bring this topic into an accessible, human-scaled arena.
To my dear gay, bi, and transgendered friends and family, I am sorry that your business is being dragged through the public sphere in this fearful, uncontained way.
Unfortunately our culture is still controlled by dinosaurs; venal corporations, and fearful, ignorant folk, both of whom are operating from an outmoded paternalistic model of control that is hell-bent on keeping people separate from each other, unhappy with themselves, and dependent on scraps of praise and blame (and buying things to feel better). These are people who are deluded to the point that they think their idea about marriage is more real than the love that others are experiencing, and that their beliefs about the way others should live, should be privileged over the wishes of others.
The debate about gay marriage has been highjacked by 'concern' for the well-being of children, which, while not the most relevant issue at hand in the upcoming 'vote', is worth addressing.
Goodness is born when two people join in a love relationship, and children, if there should be any, are blessed by the care and attention they receive from their parents.
The controllers and separators among us speak of heterosexual marriage as if it automatically confers wisdom, stability, and love on the family it contains, but given that the divorce rate currently runs at about 50%, this is clearly fantasy. Spending a day in the family court puts paid to the fiction that heterosexual marriage is automatically protective for children.
What is protective and nurturing for children, is conscious, firm, engaged, loving parenting. Period. I honour all parents who are breaking free of the brutal heritage of old-school parenting ('spare the rod and spoil the child') that until recently was prevalent, and so damaging to the whole of society.
"When we love one another the most delicate truth of that love is held in the spirit, but my body is the record of those I have loved. I feel their bones as my bones, almost literally. This record is autonomous. It continues, dumbly, to persist. Its power is independent of time. The love is fixed, instantly accessible to memory, somehow stained into my body as colour into cloth."
Anne Truitt, Daybook