~ CANARIES & CLIMATE DISRUPTION ~
It's a bitter success, this opportunity to share When Our Ship Comes In with you.
While walking the Berkeley Marina with my love, Peter, I saw a huge white and blue block, floating in the San Francisco Bay. It triggered memories of the faces of Alaskan glaciers and their calved icebergs.
When he told me it was a car carrier ship, I 'saw' an arctic iceberg slammed up to the backend of that car carrying ship. These weird looking ships carry 13 stories of 5,500 climate-changing vehicles.
This is a kinetic sculpture. Its ice-filled berg slowly melts, flooding the Americana scene of little red school house, corn field, white picket fence & American Gothics with apple pie & pitch fork. As the waters rise little messages in a bottle float. The cautionary, yellow, canary sits atop the American flag.
This year, floods and fires have destroyed & ended many lives. This is happening now, time is running out, no more waiting for $-our-ship-to-come-in-$. Our beautiful earth is the only ship that matters.
Melting Glaciers = Canary in the Coal Mine for Earth.
Fossil Fuels + Corporate Profit = Elephant in the Room.
I feel an urgency to create art in this revolutionary time and value clay’s infinite potential − mirroring our own.
With love, Vicki
Manzanita Sky ...In Everything Series
Clay, Underglaze, Stain, Beeswax 26 X 36 X 6.5
. . . Vicki Gunter . Artist Statement . . .
All living organisms store genetic information using the same molecules –Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) and/or Ribonucleic Acid (RNA). They are …In Everything.
This genetic code of molecules is evidence of the shared ancestry of all living things.
DNA forms a beautiful double helix that looks like a twisted ladder. Look closely at Manzanita Sky and see if you can see the DNA helixes on some of the branch tips!
Manzanita, Means Little Apple & Arctostaphylos means Bear Berry. One of our most beautiful native plants, it is also nourishing & healing. I caress their wonderfully smooth bark regularly on trails in our California hills.
As a native of California, the clay state, I love turning clay to stone. Inspired by its no-waste complexity, nature is my source and my anchor, in wild places and at home in East Oakland.
My intention is to share work that stirs the visceral will to face our many challenges, with hope & joy, in the beauty that is in us and all other life. Beauty, that is under our feet and setting sail at our backs.