To be plastic-free #3

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Words from the Episode Artists, before and after the plastic-free challenge~more will be posted as they come in! Come see the art on June 5, 6-8 p.m. at the RE:Vision Gallery at SCRAP, 2915 NE MLK in Portland, Oregon. There will be snacks, great art, a raffle of plastic-free action items and cutting edge conversation.

Dani Dennenberg

Participating in Episodes 4 and 5 were profound experiences for me and opportunities to challenge my personal limits to creativity. Collective art is especially inspiring and humbling and LNPB has such heart and soul.

For Episode 5, I envisioned continuing to bring attention to ecological issues while bringing deeper parts of myself to the work and I think I accomplished that. My biggest challenge was fine-tuning the mediums, simplifying and letting go of perfectionism. One of the things that inspired my piece was an eloquent description of petroleum from Thom Hartmann’s “Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight…” that the earth’s energy and its organisms’ lifeforces are fueled by sunlight in some form or another(fossil fuels being ancient sunlight). That struck me as a humbling way of looking at my choices as a consumer and after months of staring at the eyesoar of plastic that I had amassed, even with keen conscientiousness around my purchases, I feel an even greater a sense of grief over what is happening to our precious planet.

The title of my piece, “L’Chaim” is a Hebrew phrase meaning “to life.” It is symbolic of my renewed sense of responsibility to do better, to continue bringing light and creativity to the darkness.

Things that moved my art piece: speaking the truth, the strength of the human spirit, and the theme of doing things differently.

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