As an environmentally concerned artist, my enquiry has been driven for many years by the universal need to reframe contemporary world views and my belief in the role that the artist can play in representing a new philosophical framework around the land.My aim is to produce artwork that remediates polluted sites, creates awareness of regional and global crises, engages local citizens in community issues, protects fragile ecologies, encourages a change of behaviour with the aim and common purpose of promoting a Gaia consciousness/spirituality.
In our modern world advanced by technology, experience of the real is often mediated by the virtual: television, movies or email. With the globalization of economies, widespread and ferocious industrialization, rapidity of communication and commerce and the shift to hypo-real lifestyles, the very nature of our lives has changed Our work entails the exchange of information, leisure is often sedentary and indoor and agriculture is managed by a distant corporation. Nature has become an abstract concept; something that we see through a car window, passing at 55 mph.(although without this technology I wouldn't be speaking to you now).
'Just because we can...does not mean we always should?...
...but we're incredibly powerful! Like a machine, going on and on, we grow more and more powerful every day. It's a dizzying sort of power and if we have it-and if there's money to be made or people to be conquered-we will use it. That's our history. That's what we inevitably end up doing...don't we?'
But we could start by changing ourlselves, or maybe by trying to save what we already have...caring for it...being responsible for our actions.I am not trying to preach to you, by no means do I have the right to cast the first stone, so to speak...(and ,yes 'Big Brother'does its best to keep us at each others throats and discloses as little information as possible, probably with the same six people sitting right at the top of the human stockpile of existence , making all the decisions)...and of course we're or so busy doing our best to survive, our eyes are closed to see what is right infront of us sometimes.
THE WISH TREE OR WYTCH TREE:
BUT ITS NOT TOO LATE YET:
Unfortunately, according to the plans of U.K. Coal (the proposed development of the Huntington and Greenfields site) the Wytch Tree(as it has been named by the locals) appears to be sited in the middle of an intended haulage road.
This particular Wish, Prayer, Blessing(Clootie)Tree is a relatively young Hawthorne, which is a tree (along with Ash and Whitethorn) traditionally chosen by the Druids for its protective and healing properties. The Hawthorne is also revered as a portal to the other realms; to the Tuatha da Danaan, a race of mystical beings worshipped as Gods by the Celts. The Celtic(pagan) Cornovi tribe who were the first known residents of this prehistoric Mountain the ‘Wrekin’ or Mountain of Gilbert (given by the Saxons)thought this land very significant indeed, even at its feet Queen Boudicca raised her armies to battle the Romans...a place steeped in local myth and folklore,a place of pilgrimage throughout medieval Britain for its sacred Springs and now lost pagan Temple of Andraste(or hidden somewhere on this land).
Please make a wish to save our ancient Forest...a rag and map can be provided; (please contact us on any of the AndromedaHeightz sites), the map also shows the vast extent of land proposed to be developed, along with its Sacred Springs, burial mounds, Bluebell Woodlands, archaeological remains of the Roman Hill fort and so much more.
Also check out TANC group against new coal for further information...Many thanks...Andraste Heightz+)
INNOVATION, INSPIRATION AND IMPACT.
‘By bringing together environmentalists, artistes, human rights campaigners, educationalists and community activists (well you in fact...everyone) to create innovative projects driven by the need for social and ecological justice. This interdisciplinary approach combines the transformatory power of 'art' with the tangible goals of campaigning, the rigour of in-depth research and the vision to promote an alternative future.' www.platformlondon.org (kindred spirit).
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GOOGLE 'E.ON'?
http://www.tanc.org.uk. (Telford Against NewCoal)
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Please Visit My Other Blogs:
Artist or Shaman: http:http://andromeda-heightz.blogspot.com/
Do You Beleive in God: http://andromeda-heightz.blogspot.com/
What is Art: http://andromedaheightzblog.blogspot.com/
Fight for the Forest: http://andromedaheightz.blogspot.com/
Wish For The Woodland: http://andromedaheightz-awishforthewoodland.blogspot.com/
Who is Disabled? http://andromedaheightzdisandabled.blogspot.com/