Saturday, March 30, 2019

Beginnings of a New Art Direction - Climate Change Made Me Do It

Yes, this post needs a new title.

And yes, it seems just when I've sorted out a mode of painting that really suits me and seems to be a coherent integration of everything I wanted to do with painting, I'm going to abandon it and change again.

Wait, abandon it? Yes, I'm going to abandon it. Why? Because of the looming climate crisis that threatens the survival of human civilization. Why now? I guess I should've started this years ago, and I guess I was hoping that I could do things to help while still maintaining an art career in painting, but now I'm abandoning that hope. The situation is too urgent for half measures, for divided efforts. Making paintings that enrich people's homes, while a good thing in and of itself, just doesn't seem to be an effective way to help society mobilize to cut emissions.

This is going to be a journey. I haven't yet figured out how to best help with the climate mobilization effort, and most of the arts communities around the world haven't figured this out yet either.

I have been working through a lot of thoughts on the topic, and I'll try to post some of my conclusions here as I embark on this journey.

I'm currently working towards something that involves climate themed online comics and digital artwork.

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