•  Kizimen

    Kizimen

  •  Shikotan

    Shikotan

  •  Avacha

    Avacha

  •  Kamchatka

    Kamchatka

  •  Severny

    Severny

  •  Raikoke

    Raikoke

  •  Karymsky

    Karymsky

  •  Atlasova

    Atlasova

  •  Udina

    Udina

  •  Lahar

    Lahar

Songs for Relinquishing the Earth


Shiveluch volcano eruption 2017 NASA/METI/AIST Japan Space Systems, and U.S./ Japan ASTER Science team

volcano normal


Songs for Relinquishing the Earth

The title of this exhibition is from the poet and philosopher Jan Zwicky’s book of poetry, Songs for Relinquishing the Earth. In her latest book of philosophy, Learning to Die, Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis, Zwicky insist there is a Socratic necessity to see things as they are and to have the humility and self control to accept responsibility. We must retain harmony within ourselves in order to cherish what is before us now and feel compassion in the crisis to come. Nature will survive, as it always does, but in Zwicky’s opinion our civilisation will probably not.
These paintings are lyrical, as is our planet. Each detail is essential and resonates with all aspects of the whole. The Shiveluch Series is inspired by the 2017 eruption of Shiveluch, a volcano that for the past 80,000 years has succeeded in reminding the human species that man must bend to nature. In the Small Songs series I search through my own memories of nature.
It is time to say goodbye to the beauty that is before us.