“Art does not aspire to entertain. It aspires to converse.” Barry Lopez, Horizon.
I relate very strongly to Barry Lopez’s sentiments expressed in this quote. My art is my means of communication about the state of this world. Often, I react to events in the world that make my blood boil. Most likely, it is in defense of wildlife that cannot speak for themselves.
When I hear about right whales being entangled in fishing gear and being struck by large ships, my response is to do a painting. I have worked on series dealing with climate change, people’s fear of wildlife, and human abuse of wildlife and wildlands. I can write letters to officials, but I feel my greatest strength is to make a visual statement. Hopefully, others will see this work and be inspired to act.
Yes, there is a great deal of beauty in this life and a place for it in the visual arts. At times I can’t resist the urge to capture that beauty, but for the most part, I will leave that pursuit to others.
Image at top: Janice Kasper, Anthropocene, oil on linen, 39 x 28 in., 2018.