Friday, July 13, 2007
Walking Your Art... or something like that
Every fall Tom and I head to the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. It's run by the Maine Organic Farmer's and Gardener's Association, and is a fantastic three days - well worth the drive from anywhere in New England. And every year, a small group of artists/activists from the Beehive Design Collective show up to share their work and mission. Here's how they describe just one of their project missions:
"To create a unique, lasting, monumental, and nationally collaborative public work documenting the desires of young people for a sustainable future while illustrating the history which has led us to the grave circumstances of the present worldwide crisis in agriculture and biodiversity"
Something most folks don't know about me is that I used to be a "practicing" environmentalist. I earned a BS in Environmental Studies at SUNY Purchase. In California, I co-founded the Sonoma Ecology Center, which is still going strong. Then I moved to Maine, where I worked for the Audubon Expedition Institute for seven years. So I've tried to walk my talk...
But here's the thing, I've fallen in love with a medium that is everything but environmentally sound. Yeah, my home and studio are "off the grid", and we do our best to minimize our footprint on this fine earth. But everyday I let me muse wallow in a petroleum based product that is loaded with plastic softeners and polyvinyl chloride. It is like loving the wrong man. It feels soooo good, but you know it's not what you should be doing.
So... I am left to wrestle with this problem. I would love to hear from others who have attempted or even obtained a solution to this quandary. Please share your experiences!