This is my artwork entry for the ‘Freedom To Create Prize’. It is very complex in the multi-issue nature of the messages it is meant to portray. What may appear as separate issues are really a part of a larger single issue showing how the individual issues are inseparable from one another.The artwork addresses the following individual issues as a whole…
1.) Feeding the population of the Earth, and not just the hungry or starving.
2.) The great public misconception that biomass fuels, such as ethanol, are really a ‘green’ alternative technology, when in fact, they are not a viable and sustainable alternative energy source, as they create exponentially many more energy, environmental, and human rights issues than they resolve.
3.) The ongoing loss and abuse of the very few fertile soils that exist on Earth due to the accepted agricultural practices we continue to use in how we grow food.
Please take the time to read the article that I have written that accompanies this artwork at the link shown below. It will give you a basic primer as to why these issues are inseparable. I believe that once you see the bigger picture emerge you will never see the smaller issues that it involves in the same light again.
All my own proceeds on the sale of this artwork are being donated to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, as this is the only organization I am aware of that provides an agricultural assistance program combined with food relief programs to help feed the world’s hungry and starving.
Oh !… Details about the creation of the artwork.
The backdrop was rendered in Terragen. The terrain file in Terragen was sculpted by myself by digitally hand-painting a greyscale heightfield map in Photoshop, and then importing the bitmap file version into Terragen. The multitude of other environmental files used in Terragen were also created myself. The gas pump was created from a photo I took myself. The starving child was created from a PD image from the web. The pump and child shadows were drawn in Photoshop. All of these separate components were than composited, painted, and re-touched in Photoshop.
Thanks for the visit, and please read the associated article.
Peace & Love,
Art 4 EartH