Unravelling is a series of 16 art works, a handmade artist book and a zine, looking at the climate crisis and our
response to it. Our need to look away, and our need to face it. It’s about
the anxiety that is stirred up in us and the excuses we tell ourselves. And
it’s about hope.
I puzzle over why, when we know about the climate crisis, we do so little
about it? Our fear of looking despite the urgent need to take action. I
understand that often the first response on learning the truth is to look
away. It takes time to accept such difficult truths, as it did with me.
Maybe it’s simply too frightening and we feel helpless, fearing our
anxiety will be overwhelming? Once we face and work through this
anxiety we are better able to act. As British psychoanalyst Sally
Weintrobe says, “Being able to bear anxiety is a vital part of being able
to face reality”.
Film by Senara Wilson Hodges (On The Beach Productions) 2022
In this 10 minute video made by Senara Wilson Hodges, I talk about Unravelling and show the work in it.
I made a book of Excuses and a little zine Why Would We Want to Face This? for Unravelling, click for short video walkthroughs. Both were acquired by The British Library for their contemporary artist book collection.