Fenced In

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The intention of The Sketchbook is to share the process of creating art, and this post is in that spirit. In a previous entry, I shared a photo essay on the subject of the border fence between El Paso Texas and Ciudad Juárez Mexico. On a recent trip to El Paso, I continued my photography of the Fence, and in my re-visiting of what was a very informal effort, an artistic approach has now emerged, along with an intention to pursuing this as a full-blown artistic project. The artistic approach that I am now pursuing is the creation of images of the landscape that are mediated by the structure of the border fence, inverting the usual stereotype of the latino looking longingly through the fence at Del Norte, and taking the perspective that it is actually we, on the north side of the border fence, who are being fenced.
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A (true) Parable for Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day.  I think that it might be better to call it "Humans of the Earth” Day, as the time of humans on earth is less than 1/10000th of the age of the earth, and the earth will exist long after the human species has vanished.  Which raises a number of questions for me: who speaks for the Earth?, What rights, to the resources of the earth, do we afford to humanity as a species? What import do we put on our long-term survival and well-being? (a rather long post)more...

Gratitude

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This week, my wishes for a happy day of Thanksgiving. The fourth Thursday of November is a day in that is loaded in meaning for the citizens of The United States. It is a time when family and friends come together to celebrate a mythical event in US history. The myth is a happy one; the reality is much more complex and the contradictions and controversy have been much discussed elsewhere. This is an important conversation, but is not my purpose here.
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Protecting the commons through ART


As I become more aware of the price that this earth is paying for humanity's lack of care and mindfulness, I am realizing that it is very important that we sanctify the commons for all of life.more...