Manic Blog 02.10.11
As Elizabeth Dunfee delivers the strong message of self-depreciation through consumption, Manic Growth provides the much needed impetus to stop, reflect and explore how, as human beings, we can be more mindful and caring of our bodies and what we put in them,. Hopefully it gives us inspiration to transform our worlds (even if just 10%) on a micro and macro level.
Dunfee's exhibition will open to the public on February 11 (6pm) and is an exquisitely composed work of art that creates an environment of exploration and inquisition about life, art and the artist's statement.
After reading her interview on Cool Cleveland (http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2011/02/manic-growth-spaces-elizabeth-dunfee-explores-how-were-harming-ourselves/) I decided to look at works of art regarding the environment.
Although it is not directly related to the subject of her current exhibition, Dunfee's words about harming our body brought to mind how we also hurt our physical environments. What I found was a profound collection of photos from Yann Arthus Bertrand (http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/v2/yab_us.htm) entitled Earth From Above, a portrait of Earth in the 21st century. What first began as a survey of the earth became a project about sustainable development; in the words of Bertrand, "man cannot be disassociated from the landscape."
What Dunfee and Bertrand do in their work as artists is instigate and agitate our consciousness. What do I really eat? What does it really do to me, to the environment? What is the state of the environment, inhabited by over 6 billion people in the world? What can I do to make myself and my world better?
It is this that the artists inspire in me from their works of art, and can inspire in so many others, which make art galleries and museums around the world priceless social institutions. On this note, I leave you with this quote from Mohandas Gandhi: "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."