some (more) new works…Posted: August 6, 2013
I am an artist (among other things) – I do art: I observe things and place them in relation to others and myself; I gather things and stick them together and see how they behave materially and aesthetically and (even) ecologically; I investigate them; I share my explorations in a variety of ways and forms in the hope that it may give pleasure, joy, strength, courage and insight to live with integrity in this place we call home.
Here are some of my more recent adventures and a fantastic quote from my latest read…
3 types of black – experiments for Bideford Black exhibition at white moose gallery (p ward 2013)
‘Ecology teaches us that a diverse, open system, when faced with environmental stress, has more ways to respond than a uniform, closed one. That response requires semi-permeable boundaries that are neither too rigid nor too diffuse. In this view, the notion of “the survival of the fittest” finds a new meaning. No longer are the most fit those species or individuals capable of having power over others in a competitive struggle.. “The survival of the fittest,” as Lewis Thomas reminds us, “does not mean those fit to kill; it means those fitting in best with the rest of life.”[i] “Fitting in” refers here to the ability to be open to and to contribute, from one’s unique sense of self, to the well-being of the whole system.’[ii]
… and thank you again to family and friends and to the big wide world for providing such rich inspiration for more life.
P Ward 2013
[i] Lewis Thomas, “Are We Fit to Fit In?” Amicus Journal (Summer 1981)
[ii] Sarah A. Conn, “When the Earth Hurts, Who Responds?” Ecopsychology – Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind; Edited by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes & Allen D. Kanner (Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1995)