“a spring without voices”
This is a mural print I made several years ago. In it’s first rendition I stained the silver gelatin print with river water and walnut ink. I had been working on a series of mural prints and had chosen to hand write across the entire surface of the prints from texts that I had found inspiring to me. This text was taken from the prophetic voice and work of Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring. This is often considered the classic book that launched the environmental movement. It was written and first published in 1962.
“Silent Spring suggested a needed change in how democracies and liberal societies operated so that individuals and groups could question what their governments allowed others to put into the environment. Far from calling for sweeping changes in government policy, Carson believed the federal government was part of the problem. She admonished her readers and audiences to ask “Who Speaks, And Why” and therein to set the seeds of social revolution. She identified human hubris and financial self-interest as the crux of the problem and asked if we could master ourselves and our appetites to live as though we humans are an equal part of the earth’s systems and not the master of them.”
Recently I have been asked to exhibit a body of work titled “weaving the invisible”, this work, “a spring without voices” seemed to compliment the others so I took it out of storage and began to see it with fresh eyes. The addition of symbolic markings, the gesture of migratory paths and the patterns of silver leaf suggest how we might make the invisible visible as we continue to expose our human relationship to our planet. http://www.environmentandsociety.org/exhibitions/silent-spring/overview