Well, okay, right now it’s just me. I am an artist living in Birmingham, Michigan, trying to reach people with my art in a way that will promote social change.
Gradually Green is a public entity concerned with inspiring communities to make small, day-to-day changes to live greener.
The “us” includes you, I am looking to interact with communities: local governments, neighborhoods, schools, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and other organizations to realize Gradually Green’s goals: implementing small changes that will make big differences towards our communities living greener.
My work blurs the line between the realms of portrait and landscape on an ecological and metaphysical level, as well as an aesthetic one.
What does this mean? Is it simply about (re)presenting place as conscious? Discussing a relationship between emotion and place, between person, community, and ecosystem, between anatomy and space as an extension of our bodies?
This blurring reads as anthropomorphic or mythopoetic, but it is not about fantasy. This archetypal language is not only used in myth but also in dreams and visions, of our subconscious. Metaphor is the language that we use when describing to a friend something either person has never been exposed to or understood, in which we discuss what is beyond our comprehension; it is the language of anticipated enlightenment.
I relate to nature as a tangible metaphor for all our civilization considers sacred. I treat it as respectfully as I know how. In a modern society this respect does not come innately with the intention; it is a discipline. My art is now concerned with nature’s (and our) sustainability.
“…if people can directly observe how the city works, they can then direct their actions and ideas towards the construction of a meaningful public life.” -Mierle Laderman Ukeles