Now comes the richly layered voice of Terry Tempest Williams, with a few paragraphs from a recent essay.
The image is from the extraordinary exhibition In Memory, by Shiota Chiharu, as relayed from the website of the Gana Art Center.
A statement from Shiota Chiharu, offered during a press conference following the opening of her exhibition:
“I wanted to put emphasis on the boat, because I believe that boats hold memories and their role is to move and carry them places. I call dresses, or clothes, a second skin because I believe they connect people together and are a means to express themselves. The paper represents the thoughts that people have. I am also fond of boats because while riding in them, they always have people think about where they are headed toward, and where their destination is. The color white may typically be used as a symbol for death, but I think otherwise. To me, it means both life and death, because when there’s an end, there is always another beginning.”
During a week that has starkly exposed the ethical and spiritual crisis of our times, and as we continue to consider the implications of fresh data confirming the accelerating death spiral of anthropogenic climate breakdown, let us bend our ears to the soulful voice of Terry Tempest Williams, presently Writer in Residence at the Harvard Divinity School.
Below, excerpts from a recent interview, with images from Bear Ears country.
DP commends Harvard Divinity School for taking the lead on forthrightly and compassionately engaging with the deep ethical and spiritual crisis that threatens to envelop us, as human supremacism comes up against its own inherent limits, and as toxic neoliberalism begins to cannibalize itself, having exsanguinated, commodified, consumed and evacuated everything else.