Environmental & Political Art

"The Only Thing is to See"
© 2011 Sharon K. Barrett

This was the final project in a computer graphics class I took during the Summer of 2011. We had to choose from a list of quotes by artists and interpret the quote in a visually interesting way. I chose this quote by Rodin (which goes on to talk about how artists connect in an emotional way) to convey my growing concern about some of the environmental hazards that are impacting our world. The "shadow people" trudge along over the parched, cracked earth, oblivious to what is happening. The woman in the foreground (we were limited to free stock image sites but we could manipulate the images) is solid and aware. Her determined stance indicates that she is not just aware, but also perhaps resolved to somehow change what she sees around her. The large, pinkish drop-shadow behind the text could represent blood, but notice that the same color is on her lips. The use of a woman in the foreground and the color pink could suggest that humankind's only chance for survival will require a renewed spirituality that focuses on the sacred/divine feminine. ~ July 2011

© 2011 Sharon K. Barrett

For the last 20 years I have been aware of--and quietly researching--an unusual phenomenon regarding the ability that some people have to occasionally "hear Morse Code in their head."
In the Spring of 2011--when my research was referenced during a BBC radio interview (!)--
I started connecting a lot of dots (and dashes?!) regarding this phenomenon and its possible implications.
I created this design in June 2011.

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
~ Robert Kennedy


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