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of my work is about environmental issues. For many years, what I
did was to show how patterns and textures in nature are the same
from humans and other things in nature. For instance, I made a book
showing how the Mississippi River looks like the human brain, and
I went to the library and found imagery of brain manuals that physicians
would use, and then I found imagery of the Mississippi River. And
I combined them all into one book, and it looks like they blend
and mesh together.
another way that I've worked on environmental issues is placing
objects from nature directly onto books. Because we go to books
for knowledge and insight and truth and direction, and what I'm
saying is that we can also go to nature for this.
I went to making altered books, and I would take old books that
otherwise would end up in the landfill, and transform them into
my artwork. Lately, I've been using law books a lot. I'm not really
destroying the books, I'm just transforming them for a new view
of our future.
I'm attracted to all the natural specimens that I collectthe
rocks and the shells and the fossils. And I just love the whole
process of collecting the stuff. I'm spending a lot of time arranging
and rearranging my materials, and that's a big part of my creative
a lot of artists have a preconceived idea and then they go out to
buy their art materials and then they follow through on the project.
I work just the other way around. I gather all these natural materialsI
have no idea how they're going to end up. But I gather them and
I rearrange them and start seeing connections between them. And
then when I find some connections, then I realize how they'll work
up in my artwork and my books.
was, of course, saddened by all the people that I heard had been
killed. I was glad for all the community effort that was going into
New York. As the week went on, I became more worried about what
the United States would do afterwards. I just didn't want any more
innocent people to be killed because of what had already happened.
previously to September 11th, I had been working with some law books,
where I was looking at words about laws of nations at war, and I
hadn't had it all figured out exactly how it was going to come about,
but I knew I was going to make some artwork about that. And then
after September 11th, it just made me want to become more involved
in world peace, and I just put a lot more effort into it to finish
the Universal Law of Nations"
think there's twelve panels altogether that are all lined up in
a row, and they take up a whole wall. There are circled words on
each panel, but only a few words on each panel, so to read the whole
statement, you have to walk along this wall. I circled words on
these panels to say it in the nicest way possible, but what I'm
really doing is questioning whether it's right to kill people, even
if you're doing that killing for your own country. People may say
that violence is the only way to fight terrorism, but I think that
there are some things that we could do to reduce terrorism in the
world without resorting to violence ourselves.
I think art is just one of the ways to communicate. Visual images
can be instantly recognized around the world, you don't have any
language barriers, so it's a great way to communicate. In times
like these, I think art can show us representations of our injuries,
both physical and psychological. And art can also be used as a healing
tool. Artists can be negotiators for peace. Art can facilitate dialogue
and expand awareness, and it can lead to individual changes and
maybe even cultural changes.