“Sovereignty Seed Company” works on the premise that “freedom is priceless and seeds are free”. The ideas and art are yours for a small donation and the seeds are free. I am collecting donations using my artwork and generic seeds to support Chamber of Commons, Commons Sense Sovereignty and other projects while making the following educational and political statement:
“The ability to grow our own safe food supply is the key component in our sovereignty as a people and as a nation. Years ago the world abandoned the gold standard, and the dollar as the anchor for world economics is looking shaky. The seed is the first and last real method of exchange. So if you agree that seeds are sovereign and can be exchanged as currency, then participating in the devaluation of tainted GMO seeds can have an impact.
Through seed exchanges and creativity sharing we can flood the market with free, open pollinated seeds and at least be a small thorn in the side of Monsanto, Syngenta and their ilk while raising awareness of the precarious danger of allowing the corporate elite to modify, engineer, patent, hoard, make binding and threatening contracts and generally put the whole world over the food barrel by tampering and creating a monopoly on the most sacred thing we own in common.”
When I left home at a young age I ended up in some seedy places. In San Francisco and New York I experienced the plight of the homeless, and even felt the possibility that if I wasn’t careful and lucky I too could face that hardship.
For some it has become a lifestyle choice. I appreciate the candor and pluck of those who call themselves the “Home-free” and I’ve learned that “all who wander are not lost”. Yet the concept of home is so essential to me after settling down, working in public housing, as a realtor, and as an artist, activist and observer of our culture, it gives me pleasure to help create opportunities for those who wants to become “stakeholders” and connect to a place.
In Ashland I have seen, through kindness of community, many people transform their lives, make friends, find meaning and gain a sense of belonging. I have been fortunate to develop my art career here and for a long time, I have used old paper sacks for my warm-up poses at life drawing. Now I can share that work and put it to good use by selling my “bag lady bags” as a contribution to our area’s work for shelter program. Thanks for your support.
Rude Guests at the Divine Matinee has a subtitle: “Greed Exploitation and Perversion with Innocence Unsupervised”. It was painted in 1999 following my frustration and observations in trying to improve school safety following the school shootings in the new, and the World Trade Organization incidents in Seattle where the media painted a very inaccurate picture. The painting shows three characters (Greed, an ugly man with a cranial motem, Exploitation, a Camel with an eyepatch, and Perversion, an alligator in fishnet stockings. They are cutting up a baked Alaska Earth Cake upon a cage table where helpless and rare animals are imprisoned. In the same room, where evidence of pollution and misuse of natural resources is apparent, three impish children watch a pornographic cartoon. Separated from this indoor scene, one child looks out a window to see the natural world looking beautiful, faraway and vulnerable. This painting speaks directly to overuse and misuse of our planet by big business and the wasteland created by excessive consumerism. It was created as an illustrative reminder that we should appreciate the beauty and gifts of our planet and look closely at how excessive lifestyles are having a negative impact everywhere in the world.