Posts Tagged ‘natural disaster
Japan. About a year later. Like clockwork something else happens, something catastrophic. Earthquakes, flooding, fires, the threat of nuclear fallout, the balance of the built environment and the toll of natural disasters keeps shifting and horrible things continue to occur. I live in a tiny little bubble in the northeast of the United States. None of these horrific events have touched me physically. I’ve known people, personally, who have been affected by disasters, but it has never been me.
And life continues. I’m going to my studio this afternoon, because short of me flying around the world to Japan, there is nothing, physically, that I can do to help. Donating money does help, but my day to day existence has not changed because of this earthquake.
And this is weird. It feels wrong, somehow.
And so I make new work. Unfortunately, this may become a new series, long term. My way of coping and dealing with these world-changing events that are so remote that I can go weeks without even thinking about what’s happened, yet there are whole populations whose entire lives have been irrevocably changed in the span of hours. My way of acknowledging my distance, both physically and emotionally from something so monumental.
These are coming out very differently than my Deepwater Horizon series. There, the images were of this body of water that was fundamentally being altered, even though it was difficult to see from the surface. Here, the devastation is so visible, so impactful, that there is a more chaotic feel to the work. Also, the immediate human loss is much more pronounced, so there are a more people finding their way into the images.