Ocean Bound 2020
Oil on board
An Invitation to Reconnect with Your Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship)
Artists have always contributed to social commentary, holding up mirrors, reminding of things often overlooked or ignored. In viewing this work, my extended-hand is for you to remember your connection to the land.
We are in an unprecedented time. Whether you believe in climate change or not, we are violating our relationship to the ecosystems that sustain and nourish us. Some on our planet are already experiencing massive disruption. This body of work aspires to remind us all of our origins, our intrinsic residence in this natural world. We all come from the earth, and we will return to the earth. May we deeply know that we all came from the same molecules that make up the soil, our food, and that one day we will return those molecules to the earth. To begin again.
My quiet hope is, in that understanding a reverence may be born that will mean we can no longer treat our home, land, and sea any different than our own bodies or each other. All life may thrive, the air may heal, our ecology may rejuvenate. It is that fundamental. Urgent. Today and now. What you do matters. How you see your place in the world, matters.
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