"The Hand Off"
This is a piece I made a couple of years ago, around the time of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. I remember feeling so helpless, as CNN and all the other networks would show image after image of the devastation as the well continued to pump hundreds of thousands of gallons into the Gulf, (200,000 gallons per day) for almost 3 months before the well was capped.
The only thing I could think of was "what a mess we had created" for ourselves and for the generations to come. And it was not just the oil spill, there were so many world issues, many of which are still with us today: the global economy, the wars in the middle east, climate change, and on and on and on . . .
This piece was made to express what I was feeling at the time, and what I was hoping. We are handing the next generation a 'messy world', my hope is that the next generation will learn from our big screw-ups, somehow be better able to care for our planet, in doing so, they will be able to take better care of themselves.
I was pleased with the way the turkey claw looks so ancient and the small hands reaching from below so young and pure, and full of hope.
Mixed media assemblage containing turkey claw, ceramic doll hands, wooden fish, dice and vintage papers. (11710)