Recent reading about ecology, relationships between species and our (humans) place in the scheme of things has affirmed many thoughts I had and hit a few nails on the head. An afterword by Linda Leer (1998) in Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, really hit home. The quote goes along the lines of..." (the author) did so with no other motive than her own immense love of the living world, and with the romantic and perhaps naive belief that if the public were made aware of the wonder and mystery of life, they would have less appetite to destroy it."
The word naive went off like a gong in my head, there goes my painting I thought. I have on many occasions spoken and painted about the beauty of the natural environment, though really for me it is the sheer fecundity of nature that I find incredible, ugly is beautiful as well. All those lives, the trees and plants, billions of trillions of creatures going about their business, each unique and exquisite; exchanging with us fresh air and water, providing all of our food, cleaning up the decomposing carcasses of spent life to make new...you get the picture...I mean WOW! Isn't the living world incredible? I walk outside and it's there to be seen, everywhere.
And yet is this not enough to convince a majority of humans to respect, protect and cherish this life around us which we are part of?
This series of works on paper, Integral parts of therefore I am, responds to thoughts about intelligence and being 'civilised'. The works depict connected elements within my ecology and relationships to environment. I don't believe any amount of intelligence or technology can remove humans from the basic parameters of biology and ecology. Life gives life.