After months of lockdowns, confinements, and experiencing fundamental changes in the way most of us live and work, the summer of 2020 brought more uncertainty and more questions concerning our future, with many people experiencing climate change events, like heat waves and fires in California. 2020 is taking a toll on people’s mental health and, as we have entered uncharted territories in term of interconnections between environment, economy, energy and equity, we need to be able to rely on each other more than ever.
How Are You Doing? Online Exhibition
Deborah Alastra, Claude Benzrihem, Marianne Bickett, Marie Cameron, Cynthia Fusillo, Stacie B Greene, Michele Guieu, Pascal Ken, Deborah Kennedy, Eric Meyer, Carol Newborg, Janis Selby Jones, Ivan Sigg, Marcela Villaseñor, Lotte Van De Walle.
Comment ça va?
Ça vaut le coup de poser et de se poser la question. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, naturaliste inventeur de la Théorie de l’Evolution à l’air dubitatif. How are you doing? It’s worth taking a break and asking yourself the question. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, naturalist inventor of the Theory of Evolution in a dubious air.
- Claude Benzrihem
Sadly California is burning again. I have been an avid backpacker and hiker all my life. It is heartbreaking to see so many places I have loved burning so fiercely. The indigenous people who lived here did “forest gardening.” They burned out the undergrowth during the wet seasons. After decades of fire suppression, there is too much fuel in our forests, making the fires so hot and persistent. (Rakes are not going to fix this!) Also, recent research has revealed that our life-giving California fog has decreased by 33% in the last hundred years. We were told this was coming by climate scientists, when will we listen and respond?
- Deborah Kennedy
How are you doing? How am I doing?
I take care of my zombie mom. I recreate a complex ecosystem by making a vegetable mound. I write my speech of the bride’s father. I transpose UBU of Alfred Jarry in our crazy world before the French presidential elections of 2022. I share my interests everywhere for vegetarian cuisine, for Artemisia plant and for all atypical researchers. In these 15 automatic micro sketches, I give free rein to my creativity and my inner bubbling. It is at the same time: a plastic meditation, pure research, and daily « piano scales » necessary not to let the eye-hand loop go numb. Je m’occupe de ma maman zombie. Je recrée un écosysteme complexe en réalisant une butte en permaculture (Merci Philip Forrer). J’écris mon discours du père de la mariée. Je transpose le UBU d’Alfred Jarry dans notre monde foutraque, en vue des élections présidentielles de 2022. Je partage partout mes intérets pour la cuisine végétarienne, la plante Artemisia et pour tous les chercheurs atypiques. Dans ces 15 micro croquis automatiques, je laisse libre cours à ma créativité et à mon bouillonnement intérieur. C’est à la fois de la méditation plastique, de la recherche pure, et des gammes quotidiennes pour ne pas laisser s’engourdir la boucle oeil-main.
- Ivan Sigg
How Are You?
The boundaries between inner self and outer world blur. I am a part of this river of life, a voyager through time and space on a beautiful planet. How am I? Every day I take refuge in my connection to life; and through daily meditation, I find the anchor that keeps me from being swept away by the emotions so palpable in the world. I strive to b r e a t h e when fear arises, and always always come back to Love. How am I? I feel change afoot, I float, I swim, and when I feel I’m sinking, I lift my head up out of the current and feel Gratitude for being here.
- Marianne Bickett
How are you? Reaching…letting go and holding on
A third mysterious arm and hand appeared (upper left corner) when Brian took this photo of me raising my hands in front of a shadow from the window on our wall. Reaching towards the light, looking into another realm, I am reminded every day is sacred. Without our shadows, we would not see the definition of ourselves. We need our shadows and they need us to see them and own them so we don’t project onto others. How am I? I am here and I am Whole.
- Marianne Bickett
On a scale of plastic, how are you doing today?
In March, all work-related meetings moved online, and facilitators had to find new ways to gauge the comfort and interest levels of participants. I have been in several Zoom calls that began with “On a scale of a cat, how are you feeling?” memes. These humorous check-ins can relax the audience while allowing the presenter to acknowledge that some people might be feeling stressed or overwhelmed. So now, I sincerely want to know how you are doing. Please check in by choosing the plastic face that expresses how you are feeling. Then add the corresponding number to the comments and explain why you picked it. By sharing our current states of being along with what makes us happy and gives us hope, and by expressing our deepest fears and things that make us angry, we can lift each other up and support one another during these uncertain times—and beyond.
- Janis Selby Jones
California, August 2020. Feeling Overwhelmed, experiencing a raging early fire season in the midst of heatwaves, and the uncertainty of how the pandemic will evolve, mixed with the possibility of losing our democracy. The outdoors (when accessible), the garden, keep me sane.
- Michele Guieu