Continuing the theme of outrage at our continued interference with nature as we seek to exploit its resources and control its riches, this expressionist painting is a window on an apocalyptic reality in Indonesia.
Corporate giants destroy the earth in their pursuit of a healthier bottom line. It is criminal! I wrote something to accompany the painting as a release for my anger…
The Last to See – Ode to Palm Oil
If I should die
Who’d weep but I
For I’m the last to see
A shroud above my head burns high
Where once green canopy
Mammon the cry!
Earth raped by corporate thieves
Trees felled upon the land they lie
And in their place green wreathes.
By Peter McDonagh
Nestle and PepsiCo are evil immoral corporate giants who are destroying our planet in pursuit of profit. My current work can perhaps be described as Expressionist environmental art. I think of it as protest art.
Art should speak.
I am dismayed and depressed at the effects of climate change on the arctic. As ice melt increases, the effects of climate change are exacerbated. Central to this disaster is mankind. We have raped the planet, plundered its resources and polluted the atmosphere. This painting is an expression of how I feel about arctic melt.
In 1920 Robert Frost published his acclaimed poem “Fire and Ice” which discussed the end of the world and which also likened the elemental force of fire with desire and ice with hate.
“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favour fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.”
The arctic, embraced and bathed by the warmth of a golden sun, is never more beautiful than at the time of its demise.
The animals of this planet are at one with mother nature. The exception is man.
This, and other paintings, serve to remind mankind that nature is in delicate balance and that our home is small.