Monday, 24 November 2014

end of semester

End of first semester. This was my final submission for drawing. A3, hand-drawn in mixed media. Still loving it - Can't wait to start Photography and Design units in 2015.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

team australia: men in suits

There are 2 ‘teams’ in the spotlight fighting it out on Planet earth – both patriarchal, sexist and taking the high moral ground. Team 1 is defending the ridiculous idea that every individual should have ‘freedom’ of choice and the right to live the life they want. (Just think about this you fools – not everyone can have what they want because it impinges on someone else’s rights) Team 2 - well who the fuck knows what they are really about. Their orientation to life is mediaeval – tribal. They despise the ‘feminine’ even more than Team 1 – at least Team 1 pays lip service to the notion of equality and lets women play along, as long as they don’t have any real power. Then they are out of the team.

Neither team will win - there are not going to be any winners.

These teams have more in common than they will ever realise - both want to be in control. They aren’t, they can’t be and never will be, but they will fight to the death. Each has an image of themselves as defenders of ‘truth’ - ‘brave’ souls who stand up for their principles and the wellbeing of humanity. In reality, they are not just 'naughty boys' - simply very, very fearful but dangerous people. Team 2 is afraid of freedom and Team 1 is afraid they might lose it and along with it, their God-given right to dominate the world based on the insane idea that there can be unlimited growth. Expansion of population, wealth, standard of living, longevity…...do the sums you idiots - any reasonably intelligent person will tell you there are swings and roundabouts, bell curves, ebbs and flows. Team 1's position is not only unscientific, it just doesn't make any fucking sense! 

One of the subsidiaries of Team 1 is Team Australia – which really means: male, Christian, right-wing, white, capitalist – unless you have shitloads of money and then it doesn’t matter what colour or sex you are. Some of us like to think we belong to Team Australia but it is a very select club and we probably don’t. It’s like the cool gang at school – kids want to belong to it but it has no real substance – it is built on lies and the fear of not being accepted. Team Australia is lead by a mob of randy teenage boys dressed in suits who wank each other off behind the toilets.

Most individuals in either of these 2 teams have absolutely no idea they created each other – without one the other would not exist. But people are so dumb – they know so little about life because they don't really think. The rest would probably say ‘well we have to do something’.

I am completely over the rhetoric. Even the ABC news is shoving this stuff in my face every day. I have resorted to looking at my Pages on Facebook – the ones I have subscribed to - because everywhere else is fear and mayhem. This is the ‘rule of the shouting masses’ prophesied by Plato. Panic abounds - everyone is shouting and nobody is listening.

So why is it like this? Because Planet earth is a place of dualities, binaries – always working towards equilibrium but never achieving it. It is folly to expect it to be any different. And anyway - there is a much bigger problem for humanity and it eclipses the GFC, mass beheadings, Ebola and refugees. Planet Earth has had enough of our destructive ways and is finally fighting back. She’s kicking those patriarchs fair in the balls.

And while Nero fiddles....well you know how it goes. The Christians and the Muslims are nearly right about one thing – except that we will all burn.

ends & beginnings

Today marks the end of 16 years of continuous study - starting with an arts degree, on to Honours, a Phd, then graphic design and concept ...