So can art save this planet? In short, I believe it can. Art may not in literal terms help decrease the rising sea temperatures or melting of ice caps, but what the arts can do is remind us that it’s possible to save the world. As famously said by Dr. Jane Goodall, “There is still so much left worth fighting for”. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body and mind. It can make the world be felt. And this felt feeling spurs thinking, action and change. Art can help you gain that connection and allow you to start implementing more sustainable approaches to your everyday life. Whether that’s voting for green thinking politicians, standing up for social justice, avoiding single use plastic, decreasing your meat and dairy consumption or supporting sustainable brands such as Waterlust. Art in any of its forms has caused change throughout history and now has the opportunity to do so more than ever.
We are all reacting to the visual stimulus of the world around us, whether it’s as simple as making your bed, arranging flowers in a vase or, as I do, reacting to the natural world in paint form. We are all makers, creators, doers and thinkers. Art is an umbrella to a whole realm of different directions, that’s what makes art so exciting: it is endless with no rules and no boundaries. When you are next presented with that blank canvas, try not be so overwhelmed, but excited as creating art is your voice for this world and a single brush stroke can be as powerful as many words. Find that passion, ignite that fire and release that inner child.
So the question I will leave you with is, what artist are you and what change are you going to make with your skill?
There has never been such a liberating moment in human history to be an artist and making art for change.