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Mother Nature’s reminders of not to take life for granted….

“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature”  Neil deGrasse Tyson – Scientist

Fires fuelled by drought, high temperatures and wind along with other catastrophic natural disasters are all contributing factors to the millions of displaced people roaming the earth looking for somewhere to live and work.

Quintin – watercolour     P1150314It is very easy for those of us with a roof over our heads, food in the cupboards and an ordered infrastructure to live within to believe that we are OK…..All those awful things only happen to other people.     It would seem that we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

Tom – American poet20-11-15-1-745I was prompted to write this post because two people I know have been effected by the terrible fires in California.       All of a sudden ordered lives have been turned upside down and inside out……For many life is now unrecognisable.

The same of course can be said for the people so badly pummelled by recent hurricanes and flooding…..Within hours, all that was ‘normal’ – has changed.

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Although I have never been in such a catastrophe – I have had major changes in my life which have meant learning to live in new ways.     Most certainly, they have taught me never to take anything for granted.

When people’s lives are torn apart…it takes time to pick up the pieces – to start again.     Orderly lives are replaced with fragmentation…..routines disappear until new ones are established.     The more adaptable we are, the better.

P1160910Speaking from personal experience, change can come with new opportunities.   New ways to see ourselves – new ways to live our lives.

Once again, I believe that the creative process can help and indeed maybe guide some into a new more creative way of being.      Creatives are very familiar with seeing life in many different ways….which is the kind of thinking that needs to prevail at such times.

Children playing with shells on Armona Island Portugal. 20-11-15 - 1 (913)One friend said it was very difficult to know what to take when having to leave a home very quickly.   A home filled with years of memories and all the things we tend to take for granted.

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Learning to respect Mother Nature is key to living well on Earth.    Every time a piece of litter is dropped – although it may seem insignificant – it shows a lack of respect for our beautiful Earth.

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“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted”.   Aldous Huxley

A Bientôt

 

Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty – Exhibition

Where to begin?

The Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty exhibition was filled with chiaroscuro – the drama of contrasting lights and darks both visually and emotionally, presented with the dramatic staging of spectacle synonymous with McQueen’s runway shows.

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Darkened galleries with reflective light and mirrors added to a Federico Fellini like fantasy.  

Aldous Huxley’s, Brave New World came to mind along with Stanley Kubrick’s, A Clockwork Orange, and as I moved through the galleries, a sense of falling through the looking glass with Alice…..prevailed.    Feelings of a dystopian and Utopian world emerged. 

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During his short life, (1969 – 2010) McQueen gained his technical prowess as a Saville Row apprentice….however, it was the marrying of the intangible with technical prowess and his enormous creative energy that brought this young man to the attention of Givenchy where he was chief designer from 1996 til 2001 and the likes of Isabella Blow (mentor and muse) who introduced him to hat maker Philip Treacy in 1992.

Throughout the exhibition we see his collaboration with Philip Treacy.    Both men influenced by the gentle and savage beauty beauty of nature. 

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The high light for me was entering the inner chamber with its very high ceilings, filled with ethereal sound and reflective light, displaying artefacts and videos from the designer’s entire career.         

Like a rainforest where we need to be there to experience the bombardment of all of ours sense, so it is true for this chamber.

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Powerful, exciting, disturbing and yet filled with immense beauty, this is an exhibition that will stay with me.

Thanks to my friend, Greta Chaffer for getting me in…… 

The Exhibition runs til 2nd August.

A Bientôt