My sister Barney painted this. Many years ago. In high school, I believe.
At this time she lives very simply in Western New York not taking her medication, not conforming to society and not consuming much of anything. Many of her friends and admirers think she is a prophet. Those less admiring consider her an irresponsible person and/or insane.
Once, when I tried explaining gently to her nine-year-old son that his mother didn’t exactly live in the 20th century, he exclaimed, “Aunt Martha! Barney doesn’t live on this planet!”
She created the bulk of her artwork during her high school and college years. Her creativity had an awesome fury to it until she attended a Pentecostal service where they were speaking in tongues and where she was told that she wasn’t meant to be an artist, that she had some other path in life. She stopped painting.
Over the years, she has gravitated toward, but never really focused on, earth art, installation art, crafts and – rocks. She paints rocks, like this one:
Occasionally I will receive a holiday greeting card like this one:
Or a colorful collage:
She reads very dense books by internationally renowned philosophers, intellectuals, futurists and visionaries about paradigm shifts, the flaws and the future of civilization and the redevelopment of lifestyles on a human scale. She concerned herself with environmental issues, organic, sustainable farming and the local food movement years and years before they became a trend. She cares and thinks deeply about the fate of our planet.
I don’t think that’s irresponsible. Or insane.
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