Solidarity!

“It is in the shelter of each other that people live.” (Anonymous)

“It matters not that someone is born, but what they grow to be.” (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter. Author: J.K. Rowling)

I’ve been absent for a while as I’ve been on what I described to a friend as an existential walkabout on the road less travelled. I felt dog-tired and unmotivated, asking myself every day “What’s it all about?”.  For some reason I felt quite short-circuited, then I had a dream which was just a message – to create art which was healing for the Earth and for its inhabitants.

So here I am back again, feeling far more motivated (thank goodness, I hate it when my MoJo up sticks and vamooses), with the above image which I’ve called “Solidarity”.

In my time away in the wilderness, I’ve wrestled with this whole question of love, violence in society and so much intolerance and hatred. I finally came to the conclusion that I am simply not interested in pathetic excuses for supporting hate and violence. Life’s too short for then negative. That’s the choice and responsibility of those who live in fear, on their knees, happy to see people who are in any way different subjected to violence, abuse and belittlement.

And I call it out as cowardly and craven because those who are happy to embrace intolerance, racial division and hatred never have to face the consequences themselves. They aren’t the 8-year-old kid who was subjected to an attempted lynching by teenagers at his school. They don’t have to worry about being shot out of hand by the police, acting with impunity, for the “crime” of being black or in the wrong place. They don’t get beaten up for being gay or trans-gender. They aren’t black kids in Australia subjected to abuse on the streets and repression by the police, governments and social services.

I am far more interested in those who show love, kindness and respect for people because they have open hearts and are willing to embrace fellow human beings of whatever colour, religious belief, sexual choice or disability because it is this which is our future. I support all those in environmental organisations fighting for the future of Mother Earth.

Living on your feet rather than cowering on your knees takes courage and hope and moral choice for good not evil. Thank god there are so many good people out their in the community of so many countries who inspire hope, optimism and respect!

Detour
 
I took a long time getting here,
much of it wasted on wrong turns,
back roads riddled by ruts.
I had adventures
I never would have known
if I proceeded as the crow flies.
Super highways are so sure
of where they are going:
they arrive too soon.
 
A straight line isn’t always
the shortest distance
between two people.
Sometimes I act as though
I’m heading somewhere else
while, imperceptibly,
I narrow the gap between you and me.
I’m not sure I’ll ever
know the right way, but I don’t mind
getting lost now and then.
Maps don’t know everything.

~ Ruth Feldman ~

 

 

The Rise of Goodness

I created this image to celebrate all those who are standing up for decency and condemning the fascists in the US and their endorsement by the despicable, utterly corrupt Donald Trump.

The events since last weekend have indeed been awful but from bad has come good – so many people have been galvanised to stand up, organise and resist the neo-fascists, while Trump has cooked his goose well and truly with his disgusting endorsement of white supremacy.

So the image above has certain symbology: below are the waters of emotional turmoil but also emotional support for each other. Above are the stars which shower us with grace, love, compassion and optimism. Running through the centre is a river of light, illuminating hope and right action against the forces of evil.

And central is an image of Ganesh, the Indian god. I had intended to use a photo I’d taken in Australia of a spider and its web, to represent Spider Woman spinning a new society. But then I came across the image of Ganesh and it was so apt I decided on that instead.

Ganesh is the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the remover of obstacles and also the symbol of abundance but right abundance – sourced from love and compassion and not profane worship of money. Interestingly, he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked. I thought this was most appropriate in current circumstances.

 

 

Get Up, Stand Up!

I took this photo of a piece of tree bark standing from foliage cut down in the paddock beside our apartment. It just made me think of how we can wade through all sorts of shit but fight our way into a place of honour where we can stand up and speak our truth.

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Community in Change

The image here is of soulless, machine-run cities, but with the hope of a butterfly for change and the creation of communities serving people in compassion, tolerance and communal support.

I believe this is actually in the process of coming into being – the turmoil of the presidential elections in the US, the rising resistance in the UK to the class war being waged by the Conservative government on behalf of the corporate class, and upheaval in many other parts of the world against global capitalism are all leading people to look at alternative ways of living, supporting each other and creating new communities and ways of people cooperating rather than competing to climb the slippery ladder.

I live in hope!

The Sands of Time

the-sands-of-timeI created this because I’ve been thinking of how changes occur, slowly but surely, as sands does when it’s blown across deserts and forms new shapes and landscapes.

Each empire has always believed it was invincible yet the history of humanity is of empires rising and falling. And so we see cries of “Make America Great” or “Give Us Back our Country” in the UK, which really is a recognition – whether those making these calls realise it or not – that the American and British empires are on the decline while new powers are emerging to take their place.

This doesn’t make the US or Britain any less dangerous, however, as they gear themselves to fight for their empires and bring the threat of war to the forefront.

It simply means that we need to be alert, take notice of war-mongering, and organise to fight for peace and co-existence with our fellow human beings in other countries around the world.

No more wars and no more sacrifices of our young men and women. We need to build a world of tolerance and understanding to leave a healthy, benign world as heritage for future generations.

Truth Rising

truth-rising-1I’m really rather grateful to Donald Trump as his antics are providing constant inspiration for my art. Having said that, I still consider him an evil, lying, misogynist, racist, homophobic, sorry excuse for a human being.  I have absolute contempt for this disgusting man, as you can probably pick up!

Anyway, in the wake of Trump’s administration’s shonky ties with Russia plus the unhinged tweets by the President this morning, I was inspired to create this piece of digital art to celebrate the search for truth and the refusal of so many to buy into the lies of Trump, his administration and his officials.

Truth will triumph!