My work as an ecological artist conceptualizes concern for humanities' current unsustainable practices, particularly in relation to the vulnerability of water- from the local to the global.
Water is our lifeblood. Baker states that her desire for collective awareness and healing of the planet are encapsulated in the preface to the book 'Commonwealth', by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. They say, "The notion of the common does not position humanity separate from nature, as either its exploiter or its custodian, but focuses rather on the practices of interaction, care and cohabitation in a common world, promoting the beneficial and limiting the detrimental forms of the common."1 Baker responds that community is more important that ever: "Where so many things have been taken for granted for far too long, it's time to make some changes in our practices and systems."
'I watch the spiraling processes of entropy (things falling apart) with a certain horror, and yet a certain fascination. Sitting on a beach, I breathe in the serenity that each wave washing ashore brings me. However, I can't help but begin to think about rises in sea levels, the plastic entwined with seaweed on the wrack line, and the changes we have wrought on such an enormous being as the sea, in fact, the entire planet. So I think about what I can do to help change that.
In a take-take-take culture, each organism, whether micro or macro, has limits to the balance spectrum of a normally symbiotic system. As our culture continues to layer its' refuse over delicately balanced ecosystems of the planet, I strive to make a positive statement of awareness and potential regeneration. In other words: how to bring about
reversing the energy in an entropic situation into one of renewal. Since things can never be the same as they were, I like to call this new term and my work 'regenerentropic'.
In ;Content Aware Anxieties', I explore the feelings of helplessness and anxiety when facing large ecological disruptions. It doesn't feel optimistic, until the end -- when the knowledge that through positive individual actions, and ultimately collective actions ... we face these problems head on, it is possible to move forward. The fairly new process of 'fracking' needs to be brought to a standstill- the only people who need more fossil fuels are the people of the industries and shareholders lining their pockets. Once the well is poisoned, we can't drink the water. If you are a shareholder in the gas and oil industries, I urge you to convert your share to clean, green energy such as wind, solar, or geothermal.'
1 Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Commonwealth, (preface), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2009
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