Ilfracombe Pier and Verity
Mixed media, collage and oil on canvas
24 x 36 inch
Hard rain’s a-gonna fall
Our house is on fire!
People rising like the seas
Leaders’ silence deafens me
Take a stand
Truth and justice go hand in hand
Our future in question
We cannot fail
Unite with Science
A damning existential threat
Too great for just one government
Transcend your creed
Move into Teal
Transcend your greed
Accept it’s real
Love and Rage!
Your inner light
Breaks down your cage
Raise your sword
Defend your nest
Your inner child
The Final Show?
The Time is Now
If not us
Amy Jobes 2019
With her sword held high, Damien Hirst's Verity faces a huge Atlantic storm. Waves crash over her and over Ilfracombe Pier, which holds resemblance to a sinking ship in turbulent seas.
Representing truth and justice, Verity stands on a base of scattered legal books. She holds traditional symbols of truth and justice - a sword and scales.
Verity stands close to a teal door, representing the next stage of human consciousness. Although the door isn't open, it is unobstructed and in full view. We have all the tools we need to rebalance nature and avert catastrophic climate change. The only thing now lacking is the will to act (as if our lives depended on it).
Under the painting is a collage of multiple newspaper cut outs, all articles relating to the climate and ecological emergency we face, and including inspirational stories of those who are already taking action.
In the sky you can find the footprint of a small child, representing the choice we have over our carbon and ecological footprint and the survival of our species.
The light in the sky and around Verity represents love, hope and action. By re-connecting to nature and shifting our consciousness away from 'power over nature' and 'taking from nature' to a feminine, nature-based consciousness, we will make the healing and restoration of our beautiful Earth the new normal.
This nature-based consciousness already exisits - in our indigenous tribes. We cannot afford to lose their knowledge and wisdom. The rest of us are absolute beginners.
Feel the intense sorrow for what we have already lost and what we are losing. By allowing ourselves to grieve, we connect to a fierce rising of love which includes profound love for the natural world.
As you feel your heart breaking, you have the opportunity to unlock your own radical brilliance and move into action.
Creativity pours out of grief.
Humanity can grow from this.
Amy Jobes, North Devon artist with a passion for the environment
"If you truely love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Van Gogh