WILD TAPESTRY A Collaboration of Art and Words May 4th to 28th at David Kaye Gallery
“The words and art of Wild Tapestry has since been developing on two sides of the globe. While I have been writing in Australia, Susan has been developing her work in Canada, connected by a shared concern for our planet.”
Margi’s work in wildlife conservation have been the anchor for my exhibit this May at David Kaye Gallery. It has been an exciting challenge to move into a new world of imagery not unrelated to previous work but focused deliberately on an positive constructive view of conservation world wide in the face of climate change.
In the days ahead before the exhibit I will posting one essay a week by Margi outlining the concepts of her upcoming book Wild Tapestry:Weaving Wildlife Survival. Artwork for the show will accompany each post. Here is the first:
Wild Tapestry: Introduction
We have lived by an assumption that our political system will naturally evolve for the better. We were wrong. The near future now holds unprecedented environmental and political chaos. The need to arrest climate change is urgent, but our politically volatile times are incapable of taking the needed action. Our global political system is fraying at the edges, and big business is gaining more power to monetize the natural world—a convergence that consigns thousands of species to disappear from the tapestry of the earth.
Gorillas have already become an ecotourism destination and a tree is now carbon sequestration. Species with no market value are invisible. People across the world intrinsically know once wildlife is gone the place they once lived will be hollow. These are the threads we must protect.
Like a weaver sitting at an empty loom, there are many possibilities ahead. The tapestry of our future is our collective choice. We can sit, indifferent, and weave plain fabric, allowing others to dye and shape it into projects of their own making—projects that will impoverish communities and subjugate nature until we lose the last of what is precious. Or, we can design a beautifully woven tapestry that reflects the depth, texture and colour of what we want to save.
The weft already exists in activists fighting to protect water birds and wetlands from mining; herders making peace with snow leopards in the Himalaya; and people standing in the footprint of elephants that walk the plains and forests of Africa. We can choose the warp thread that empowers these local voices, even with imperfections, and weave our own wild tapestry. We can sit at the loom of survival and design our future.