Even though it is ingeniously abstracted, Greenland’s flag “pictures” nature: the massive ice sheet, the sea ice, the low sun. But what happens to this social imaginary of Greenland when the ice sheet is gone? Or when lack of sea ice disrupts age-old cycles and opens up new vulnerabilities? Visual art, through the act of picturing, seeds the social imaginary with new ways of seeing and understanding nature. This in turn shapes how we relate to nature, and so on, in a chain of cultural transmission.
I recently wrote an essay for Chantal Blondeau's Artists and Climate Change blog, excerpted above. To accompany the writing I chose four works from a series in progress, Greenlandic Flag variations. (Snapped with my iPhone. The moire pattern comes from the open weave of the curtain material, which is a bright burnt orange.) I hope you'll take a look to learn about some new directions in my thinking. Here's the link. While you're there, you'll want to bookmark the Artists and Climate Change website, it's a useful resource, with interesting and timely content from around the world.