<to belong to the future @ The Paper Room, winter 2020

< a series of ink wash/drawings exploring ecological despair &
myelination; honoring the importance of attending to despair in order to come through to the other side with actionable hope & a narrative of possibility

The shockwave of dialogue—the denial, the reckoning, the courage— brought about by Rachel Carson’s seminal environmental science text, Silent Spring (1962), is an excellent example of how storytelling (the way that images direct attention) can shape the edges of an unfolding culture. Her essay, “A Fable for Tomorrow,” describes the devastation of DDT on ecosystems & ultimately the planet, “…in an endless cyclic transfer of materials from life to life” (46). Carson offered vivid & controversial images in her storytelling as she connected the dots to reveal cascades of tragic fallout from rampant, unprecedented pesticide application. She urged people to take seriously their responsibility to understand the interdependence of all life.Even if these images of interdependence are only integrated on a material level, the understanding imparted by the felt presence of the water flowing through & hydrating one’s miracle/husk/tube/body as an inextricable part of the earth’s finite water cycle is still a powerful shift. This amplified sensitivity to the interconnectedness with the earth-body has practical consequences on the individual’s values & behavior. It takes time for a culture to reflect changes in the growing awareness of the individuals who inhabit it; a pace which often causes us to feel that it is too late. Yet we have every reason to function as if what we do makes an impact. Whether or not it is *actually* too late to avert premature heat death, it most definitely is too late if we *believe* it is too late & act as if what we do doesn’t have an impact. Now is not the time to numb out.