Recently, New Scientist
announced that the Yangtze River Dolphin is extinct.
One may ask why, in
countries that have so many destitute people, should time be wasted on
Simple. An Indian engineer managed to developed a
basic way people could get water from wells. This does not sound ground
breaking, but none the less this seemingly insignificant story was
extensively covered by National Geographic. The reason was in the
detail, that something so small became life saving, contrasting to the
state of affairs at a national level. No attention was being given to the
surrounding needs and local resources. When there becomes a situation
where no care is taken for our surroundings, what hope will there be for
In the light of research,
most scientists agree we are exacerbating climate change. It is probable
that deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels is not particularly
wise. The loss of species and their habitat is symptomatic of our general
decline. As was just reported recently, the decimation of forests in
mountains is not unconnected to tragic floods experienced; where the was
soil washed down from the deforestation, raising river beds as storms
could not be contained.
There is a complex
interaction between what we do and how we suffer.
My art studies the
different ways that we, our environment and wildlife can survive. It is
not beyond our ingenuity to do this, we have developed not only in terms
of science but culture. There are many ways we can all achieve a higher
level of living together that will be beneficial not just for the future,
but our immediate society.
Studying original customs
and means of sustenance should be the focus of development in an area
following the principles of Intermediate Technology. Tried and
tested methods can be supplemented by simple, inexpensive new technology
and peoples lives improved beyond measure. Sustainable Art can assist
through promotion and documentation by design and artwork, allowing a
better visualization of new methodology.
also an intention to portray cultures in such a way that people can feel
pride in the workable and beautiful elements of their world so it is
carried on to future generations. We all need to be aware of more
sustainable living methods, leading to an exchange of ideas and an
improvement of our own dwellings and lifestyles.
the recent shift in community structure, I have become more aware of the
alienation and isolation felt, perhaps even more in the West, and I
often explore themes of integration and social cohesion.