Pandora, in Greek mythology, opened a jar and released all of the evils into the world, the Trojan Horse represents a hidden threat. The devil attributes and a map of the world complete the facade of this magnificent Horse Chimera, which on the outside looks wonderful, but contains a hidden danger. The prosperity from industrial growth which does not factor in the high environmental cost, have fallen largely to the financial elite, and politically powerful. The price of our changing climate, and environmental degradation will be paid by everyone else, and will hit hardest on the poor, and in the less developed countries. Some estimates put the cost we are paying today for climate change caused droughts, storms, floods, rising sea levels, melting permafrost, heat waves and fires globally at 1.2 Trillion dollars a year. Climate Change will increasingly affect the bottom line for economies and food supplies worldwide.
Many people believe that there are more pressing priorities than climate change, and while I agree that there are a lot of important issues facing humanity today, each and every one of these issues will be exacerbated if we reach the tipping point on Climate change. In the earth’s distant past, CO2 or greenhouse gasses were buried with the detritus and eventually became today's fossil fuels such as coal, gas, and oil. Every year we are burning fossil fuels which took 3 million years to accumulate and releasing into the atmosphere all the greenhouse gasses that these fossil fuels contained. Most of the “alarmist scientist’s” predictions about Climate Change from the past, have proven over time, to be too modest.
Each painting and serigraph in my “Pandora’s Trojan Horse; Exploring Issues around Climate Change” series is dealing with a separate area of environmental concern, though like the environment itself they are all interwoven. While I have a definite bias towards preserving a livable planet for our children, I am concerned about getting my facts as accurate as I am able. I extensively research every topic I create an artwork from, following it from the corporate and government side, as well as from the environmental prospective. My best analysis of the situation is that money and power spread a thin veneer of truth, over a bubbling cauldron of omission. My goal through my art is not to turn people off and have them walk away, but rather to draw the viewer in and make them think. My paintings and serigraphs are meant to be pleasant to look at, but with an underling impact. Through my art I hope to be one more voice arguing that it is time to save the planet as we know it now, for our children and our grandchildren.
All of my “Pandora’s Trojan Horse” paintings and serigraphs have an accompanying write up describing my thoughts on why the subject in the artwork, is of environmental concern. The paintings and serigraphs can stand alone, however for me part of the process with this series is to make available information for anybody who wants to learn more about some of the concerns around Climate Change and Global Warming. I believe it is only through generating discussion and concern that people will be compelled to force governments and industry around the world to take action. Eventually people took a stand and forced industry to tackle the acid rain issue, and later the problem with depletion in the ozone layer, and miraculously the planet began to heal itself. With this series I am adding my voice to the growing number of scientists and other concerned people, who are thinking about the long term future of humanity on our planet, rather than just about the next quarter, or the next election. I aspire to create Art for a Positive Change.