I really appreciated your unique and surprising approach to the issue of climate change, that besides the obvious economic and social impact of the declining ecosystem, there is a spiritual dimension which too often takes a back seat.

YELLOW WETLANDS, oil on linen, 12" x 20", 2004. By Ron Gee.

YELLOW WETLANDS, oil on linen, 12″ x 20″, 2004. By Ron Gee.

Because the problems are so seemingly insurmountable, it is easy to allow fear and cynicism to paralyze us into inaction and acceptance. I think you are right to remind us of values such as interconnectedness, empathy and beauty which draw upon other internal resources that can give us the strength and resolve to change. I think of plants. They do not grow away from darkness, rather they reach their tendrils, branches, and leaves toward the light.

The example of Chinese landscape painting was nicely woven into the narrative. These works remind us that humans do not dominate nature, rather, it is the other way around, and if we choose to live out of harmony then we are bound to suffer as a natural rebalancing occurs. And as the professor at UVM said, the mystery of the faint peaks in the distant realm is a reminder that we cannot know all. Humbleness.

I can understand now what you meant when you said this project was your major statement. I hope The Wisdom to Survive gets the broad viewing and attention it deserves.

Ron Gee, Artist


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