Jeanne Fields: Dare to Be Aware

Beginning in 2008 I decided to create art that expressed my concern for the many issues facing our world. Persons on both sides of the political fence may talk about problems and solutions differently but we have very similar if not the same concerns. Art-making is one of the tools we have to speak to the problem by telling the truth in a non-offensive manner. These paintings and sculpture look at climate change, pollution, war, world hunger, gun violence, and more. In many cases they pull at the heartstrings putting a face on the problem. Some paintings shown are now a problem solved. Two examples are micro-beads polluting our waters, our fish and even us by ingesting them. Legislation was passed preventing their use in a quantity of products. Another example is a bird species almost extinct but now is off the endangered list. Telling the truth through art points to hope, and sparks individual involvement however small or large. “Dare to be Aware: Our World Needs You” This title goes to its purpose.
 Jane Goodall urges us to “use the gift of our life to make the world a better place.” She has hope because of “the indomitable human spirit – the people who tackle seemingly impossible tasks and won’t give up.” She emphasizes young people’s efforts in environmental problem solving as evidence. On that topic, Greta Thunberg is an example. She says, “You are never to small to make a difference.” And then she ups the level of involvement by saying, “We can no longer let the people in power decide what hope is. Hope is not passive. Hope is not blah, blah, blah. Hope is telling the truth. Hope is taking action. And hope always comes from the people.” She turns the responsibility back to each of us. 
 You can see the show Tuesday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning February 3 until the end of month. Come to the James C. Westin Gallery, Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, and Kalamazoo
 Join in the opening reception February 3 from 7 to 9 P.M.  

Mixed-Media painting, “Warfare Unprovoked, Ukraine”
Artist Jeanne Fields