Suddenly, a whole bunch of elk came walking by me as I was waiting for my ride at a parking lot. I tried to move as little as possible while digging out my camera and taking a couple of snaps… mid-October, Cherokee, NC, USA
Here’s one of the monarch butterflies that fluttered around our tithonia yesterday. It was a hot and dry day, like summer, but the flowers are still blossoming at a great rate and the pollinators are more numerous than ever.
This is a very brief shot of the weird light and wild life going on just on the other side of the bedroom window where I planted tithonia this summer for privacy. Along with creating a screen of green, the tithonia is hosting a non-stop pollen party!
This image (which is blurry–I’ll replace it soon) is of my new curtain fabric; I dug out an old lino I’d used for a reduction cut handprint, and inked it up. I started by printing this fabric on the press, but it was just too much fabric and I started running out of time, so I just went ahead and printed it by hand (which still took some time, actually) and got adequate-plus results. I’ll run them up by the end of this long weekend, and they’ll be ready to brighten up the bedroom for the new week!
Here is the print that the design came from:
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog entry about the internet re-writing my grandfather’s life history (and mine!) and how corrosive that process is to our lives, HERE. Today, on the radio program, Democracy Now, author Shoshana Zuboff discussed this very problem, the subject of her book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. She suggests that ‘surveillance capitalists’ are ‘poaching’ our lives to sell the information and that corrupts our agency and our fulfillment as human animals.
I can’t disagree; I’ll be looking for that book.
8/12/2019–Here’s another in-depth interview with Dr. Zuboff that I just came across:
As noted earlier on this blog, I am interested in transit issues, in particular, city bus routes; I am also very interested in promoting walking, not just as exercise, but as a way to learn one’s community, to get to school/work/stores and to use your one and only animal body! (rarrr!)
I came across this article, Our Bodies Are Made for Walking, by an Utne reader contributor on its website. I agree and from that article, I found an interesting organization, America Walks, that promotes and helps build healthier communities by helping make them more walkable. This issue will be one I pursue more actively in 2019.
In a coincidence, this week’s “On the Media” (radio program from WNYC) is all about public transit and how our lives/living environments are designed by/for car use (and presumed car use), just at the moment I’ve decided to present among my artfolios images from my MFA Thesis show, “Points of Interest,” an installation to promote the bus system in the city where I was attending university. Many of the issues discussed in the OTM segments are issues and ideas I thought about, researched and discussed with my Thesis committee. Although I did not address every one of these issues in my project, I did read, listen and watch a lot of materials about these things. This topic is vital to social and environmental justice and I’m gratified to hear this week’s program.
I am still digging up images, etc, for the POI artfolio page, so it’ll be complete in the next week or two.
October, 2018, USA