ITS GETTING HOT BETTER TURN THE AIRCON ON

oil, pigment, charcoal, canvas
121cm w x 152cm h
2017
by Christopher R. Inwood

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ITS GETTING HOT BETTER TURN THE AIRCON ON

A man sits cross-legged wearing a familiar oversized patterned jumper. His cropped surroundings are saturated in colour. But outside the cropped area the colours are muted and darker in tone. The sky isn’t as beautiful. The actuality of his surroundings are displayed outside the cropped area, and the giant blue dumpster that he sits atop is revealed.

This painting discusses the disparity in the way we think and the way we act. For example, it is commonly known that global warming will heavily effect this generation and those to come. Over the next few decades we will see the temperature rise dramatically, affecting the survival of our species, however our actions in response to this indicates our disparity. Without seeing the consequences immediately and the impact they have on us specifically, the extremity isn’t enough for us to alter our actions. This disparity is what continues to propagate the continuing progress of our global consumption of the planet and the ecosystem in which we rely upon. This is our own inability to realise that the unnecessary products we buy, energies we use and foods we consume are produced for wants and desire rather than need.

 

We as a capitalist and developed societies, are distancing our own demands as consumers form their effects on a global scale. Ignoring that nearly everything you have consumed was produced because of the desires for it and now sits predominantly in landfill or floats in the ocean. It is the industrial process and production of these goods that we blame for CO2 emissions but they exist because of our desires.

 

It is our desires that must change.

 

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