Part 3: Future Self
As beings, we have the ability to know the past and anticipate the future. Future Self embodies a conversation between my present self and future self, imagining one of the many possibilities that may eventuate as nature begins to respond to the anthropocene. There is a strange co-mingling between decomposing non-recyclable consumer products and quartz crystals—their organic growth counterpart—to be addressed.
Somewhere between dystopia and wonder, Future Self is a collapsing monument to self-awareness. Icy crystals engulf the binoculars they dissolve into the highly reflective lens on which they sit. A mirror doubling of the image is a dual metaphor that subconsciously evokes a fork in the road, alternate pathways, different options. It also references an iceberg; the dark wonder only being seen when the totality of what lies beneath the surface is made visible.
Like a ship treading icy and dark waters, the human psyche can only begin to navigate a pathway through climate change by accepting the challenge required to find new ways to work within planetary limits.
So, dear one, in conclusion, here are the three truths I can offer:
– Ozone eating clouds now exist and they feed on anthropogenic pollution.
– The hole in Earth’s ozone looks like an iceberg. It is an unseen landmark in our atmosphere, reminding us that in order to sustain life we have to value nature’s limits.
– Climate change is caused by a psychological flaw in the way we understand the relationship between existence and ourselves. This plays out in our ability or inability to co-create with nature.