Saturday, March 26, 2011

Awake 2012

I made this amulet with hair snippets from my baby's first haircut and some of my own. The art stems from the same need to create personal ritual that i had when i decided to get my first tattoo.

After my child was born I decided the culture lacked meaningfulness, so i commemorated his birth with a tat on the nape of my neck. This was over 35 years ago, and it was only sailors and bikers in the USA that were sporting ink at the time. Though tattoos were big in other cultures, it was considered a primitive form of machismo -a low class, tacky thing. I thought it was the perfect blend of street art, spirit and stoic acceptance of pain -an initiation into motherhood.

With the nearing of 2012 and awakening, my need to honor spirit has taken up with another antique idea reimagined for today. This, like the black rose on my neck, just feels right.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

American Dream Inc.

canvas bag with stenciled design, made for AgitProp class at TESC Tacoma

The American Dream is a USA ethos 'in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success. This was first expressed by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Now back in 1886 the Supreme Court supposedly ruled to call corporations 'human' and gave them the rights of said humans. However according to The Straight Dope, this clause was snuck into the books by a former railroad president. If true, it could be used to topple the recent Supreme Court ruling that gave multinational corporations the right of "free speech," earlier this year.

If you saw Inside Job you know how banks, Lehman Bros. and AIG used this bit of 'humanism' as they escaped liability because they were only giving 'opinions.' No doubt the Supremists of Crt were just making sure that this became a legal option for all future shenanigans.

Long story short, the corporations stole the individuals idea of the American Dream and overloaded the deck with super power capacity. They don't die automatically after 100 years, they haven't an underlying consciousness of right or wrong, no guilt, no socialization built into their psyches. Nope, they are free to exploit by very definition, hiring CEOs (elitist henchman) to grow their power and profits. ( an allusion to the Dreams 'right to prosper' which has been used to sue individuals, cities and now countries) They are free to become self defined sociopathic 'beings' wired to grow. Like a cancer they are destroying the very things that 'feed' them. Super suicidal psychopathic monsters are running the show, scary monsters indeed.

As today is the first day of Spring (Vernal Equinox) and many are hearing Nature's call to evolve, this can have a beautiful next chapter. However we can't wait for patriarchal permission ....we must reach out and act to change the destiny of our species and others. Life is in our hands and hearts.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

2012 is nigh

"...Classical Maya of Mexico and Guatemala. Brilliant astronomers and pyramid builders, the Maya looked toward December 21, 2012, as the end of a 5,125 year "Long Count" that ends with the reunion of First Father, the sun, and Cosmic Mother, the galactic centre, at precisely 11:11am GMT. This once-every 26,000 year astronomical conjunction meant, for them, the end of one World Age and the beginning of the next - a time of destruction, purification, regeneration and new creation."
Daniel Pinchbeck from article in Dazed Digital.

So "species on the verge" and gives me a moment of calm... the evolved are showing up.