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the occupation of Ashley and Levon

(from ashley)

I’ve been thinking about the world behind the visible world and how those intangible things interact with the more concrete material of life.  Whenever I study historic events, I’m always amazed by the collective ideas that drive movements and write laws.  I am continually astounded that slavery existed in the not so distant past, or that women couldn’t vote.  These things just don’t make sense to me and I can’t see how they could make sense to anyone else.  And then I am reminded that it’s largely cultural ideas and attitudes that tell me what “makes sense” just as it told generations before me, and often to very different ends.

the intangible made material.  the material made intangible

the intangible made material. the material made intangible

The spirits and attitudes of place and time make the intangible material; they construct cities and churn out fashions. Simultaneously, the material world impacts the spiritual; the design of a city is charged with emotion and clothing sends messages about our identities.  Nothing is too small or insignificant to be affected by this exchange.  Not even chickens.

detail

detail

Including an animal, whose function within our culture is one of humor and banality, within art focused on social and environmental justice emphasizes the interconnectedness between all things and diminishes the distinctions between sacred and secular, high and low, fact and emotion.

This painting ponders the way that cultural attitudes inform the way we interact with the world.  Specifically, how ideas on the separation between civilization and wilderness affect zoning policies, what we eat, how we spend our time, and how we treat the natural environment.

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