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The Upward Spiral

The Upward Spiral

The Upward Spiral is a 2011 collection of paintings and monotypes from activist artist Catie Faryl’s exhibition series, Digging Out From The Dirty Decade. Two poems accompany the paintings, “The Shaman’s Dream” and “What’s The Use Lullaby,” serving as the artist’s statement on the collection.

The Shaman’s Dream

A Shaman’s Dream is Waking Life since really there is no such creature as a Shaman’s Dream.
Terrestrials come equipped with a guarding wall, or a curtain at least
While between the worlds a Shaman travels light with only a veil which rent by starlight
Is open to all manner of visions and things.

The Shaman disliked the early morning hours except for the 3 AM holy one yet during infrequent
Air-swimming interludes, at sixes and sevens with cattle calls, he’d ride a wild horse in sleep canyons
And lasso stray goats of prediction to bring back to the tribe.

In the dream desert there were primitive glyphs and newish broken china – with
Delicate color shells like empty  sea homes that fleet teenage crabs had run away from.
Time moved unharnessed until noon and terrain was traversed where dingos had made
Self-deprecating statues to the humorless gods.

In distant hills tongues in trees wagged restless secrets of close encounters.
Nearby cacti tipped their blooms to the intruding gyrations of oil rigs
Pounding out their desperate demands for Earth to obey and relinquish her lubricants.

Small tremors foreshadow vacant times like teapots all tipped over and poured out.
What sprig of fresh promise can a Shaman Dove bring as the midday heat wilts what mortals can see?
Comfort is evening spreading her cape and sprinkling stars to rest our tired eyes.
Sleep deep, Good Shaman, then return to the tribe with advice to look skyward.

-Catie Faryl
December 2011

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WHAT’S THE USE LULLABY

“What’s the use?”  Does the growing tree say it? Does the water care as it’s carried away yet?
“Use your head” my father said and so I try but find Heart is still my strongest guide.
And in my mind’s eye I see better times, though passing through some troubling blinds;
We thread a difficult needle to stitch up the crimes of those who have trespassed before us.

If everything happens for a reason, then on to the future – it is the season
To stand and assess what destruction has wrought – from rubble and scraps we can salvage a lot!
And when I look into my heart or the eyes of a child, it is chilling, this willing I feel to start.

I SAY “What is the Use” of unwanted freeways ? Those will be platforms for future skyrails!
Or else wide-open bike trails where hikers and horse carts step over snails.

What is the use of billions of cars – when gas runs out and elites move to Mars?
We’ll build sublime towers and shout praises to real stars!
What’s the use of gyres, those islands at sea?  They can be made into harbors to keep our ships free
From evil currents and pirates on climate change seas!

What’s the use of Freeway Rest stops?  Few visitors coming – no traffic, no cops!
No worries dear ones – make Re-Use depots with jobs that won’t stop.
In our forests an Ecology of Eden could be, with careful stewardship we can set ourselves free,
and make markets for farmers and homes for bees.

And what of the herds of white elephant factories?  What possible use can these old things be?
My guess is they’re empty so we can agree to grow food and botanicals when the heat disagrees.
We’ll be using these places to stay safe and free.

So all children, sweetest dreams you deserve.
Grown-ups awake! – rested and cured.
There is use for everything under the sun – though we’re reeling, we’re healing and having some fun.
Awake, you doubters in your dark TV caves; come out in the sunlight and join with the Brave.

-Catie Faryl
From The Upward Spiral 2011

Earth Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

2015 Bridges to 2020

Bridges to 2020 Artist’s Statement

Those who’ve followed my work since the late 1990s know I’m deeply involved, along with thousands of residents and dozens of organizations and groups, in addressing challenges on all fronts of social, economic and environmental stewardship and justice.

The challenges of our time are extreme and pressing, and will require an educated public to engage leaders in a re-thinking and re-working of existing assumptions, laws, and inequities that block solutions to climate change, drought, corporatocracy and the disenfranchisement of many Americans.

My Bridges to 2020 offer optimistic portrayals of common sense solutions and hopeful information on better outcomes for people, planet and all sentient beings.  I hope my art and writing will inspire you to explore ancient and visionary ideas and that you too will engage in actions to rebalance our human relationships with resources, environment, politics, our region, our world and ourselves.

Join me in contemplating ways we can move in an upward spiral via re-examining existing beliefs and assumptions and exploring ways to replace the laws, practices, traditions, apathy and misunderstandings that encumber the solutions and changes necessary for the very best possible future. there are resources beneath the gallery below with research suggestions and resources. I have also included “Oregon’s Bridges to 2020,” a list of suggested areas of focus that was presented with my exhibition in 2015.

Purchase of originals and prints can be arranged; contact me at catiefaryl@hotmail.com

~ Catie Faryl

 

 

Bridges to 2020 book list compiled by Artist Catie Faryl , April 2015

  • Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Ecology of Eden by Evan Eisenberg
  • Art as Medicine  by Shaun McNiff
  • A People’s History of America by Howard Zinn,
  • “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future”   by Brian Swimme
  • The Universe is a Green Dragon  by Thomas Berry
  • The World Without Us   by Alan Weisman
  • Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, Steven Druker
  • The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future Paperback – June 10, 2013
  • Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora’s Box? Hardcover – January 18, 2010 J. Michael T. Thompson
  • Ark of the Broken Covenant: Protecting the World’s Biodiversity Hotspots (Issues in Comparative Public Law) Hardcover – February 28, 2003  by John Charles Kunich
  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
  • Listening to the Land by Derrick Jensen
  • Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA Paperback – March 3, 2015
    by E.G. Vallianatos
  • Silent Spring, Paperback – Unabridged, October 22, 2002 by Rachel Carson
  • The Resurgence of the Real: Body, Nature and Place in a Hypermodern World, Paperback – March 1, 1999 by Charlene Spretnak
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Hardcover – September 16, 2014
    by Naomi Klein
  • Lost Lore: A celebration of traditional wisdom Hardcover – November 7, 2009
    by Editors of Chambers
  • What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. Rachel Botsman, Roo Rogers Paperback – February 1, 2011 by Rachel Botsman

EARTH BRIDGE:  Humans Be Still! Make room and care for all
elements and sentient beings

Earth Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

Earth Bridge

Key Word Searches:

  • Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Famous for the idea of the Reverence of Life
  • Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)  neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor.
  • Antonio Gaudi  (1852-1926)  Famous for his study of nature applied to architecture

Books:

  • Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Ecology of Eden by Evan Eisenberg

Links:

AIR BRIDGE: Diminish the gorilla of fossil fuel, expand the human heart

Air Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

Air Bridge

Key Word Search:

  • The Venus Project
  • Charles Einstein
  • Murmuration

Books:

  • Art as Medicine by Shaun McNiff
  • Lost Lore: A celebration of traditional wisdom by Editors of Chambers
  • The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future
  • Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora’s Box?  J.Michael Thompson

Links:

FIRE BRIDGE: Carry the torch of new and ancient solutions

Fire Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

Fire Bridge

Key Word Searches:

  • Cellulose 3-D printing
  • Geothermal energy is renewable
  • Quantum and magnetic energy
  • the-powerhouse-inside-the-invention-of-a-battery-to-save-the-world
  • Tesla

Books:

  • Howard Zinn, “A People’s History of America”
  • Thomas Berry,  “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future”
  • Brian Swimme, “ The Universe is a Green Dragon”

Links:

WATER BRIDGE: Conserve and respect our Mother

Water Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

Water Bridge

Key Word Search:

  • Water Wise Project
  • Watershed Sentinel
  • Gyres

Books:

  • The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E.G. Vallianatos
  • Cadillac  Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
  • The World Without Us   by Alan Weisman

Links:

OREGON’S BRIDGES TO 2020

INSTITUTE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS FOR CONSERVATION OF ENERGY IN EVERY SECTOR.  REWARD LESS UTILITY USE BY MAKING CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES PARTNERS IN REDUCTION OF POWER AND WATER SOURCES.  Most people recycle – we fill the green bins, and that green material is sold to BioMass, to the profit of the garbage companies. Likewise the red bins’ contents are sold and profit the garbage companies.  It is time to allow citizens to participate in this profitable exchange by incentivizing them.  A rewards points system could be developed that gives recyclers a discount on their garbage collection bill. Incentivize people with a low water rate as a reward for the lowest users. Charge the excessive users/abusers a costly amount.

SEEK INVESTORS AND FIND STATE MONEY TO DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND BRING FORWARD NEW INVENTIONS.  STOP REPRESSING NEW AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES IN FAVOR OF OLD FOSSIL FUEL SYSTEMS.

USE GAS TAX FOR FUNDING MODERN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS: Amend the Oregon State constitution and budget to include a portion of the State Gas Tax to build alternative public transportation and new transportation energy technologies and system.

WORK WITH ODOT so that abandoned systems rest stops along I-5 can be utilized as Demonstration Centers for Landfill Diversion and new technologies that use fiber (cleared from State roads and railroad properties) for cellulose building and new energy. A HUGE JOBS PROGRAM COULD BE CREATED BASED ON CLEANING UP THE ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPING BETTER WAYS OF HANDLING WASTE such as soil building and energy/fuel generation.

STOP SPRAYING of City, County, State and Federal lands AND CREATE A WEED ABATEMENT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MATERIALS FOR NEW BUSINESSES USING CELLOLOSE PRINTERS AND NON FOOD BIO FUELS.

DEMAND THAT RAILROADS CONCEDE RIGHT OF WAYS for passenger trains, and stop “hogging” the lines for freight only.

BRING BACK MANUFACTURING JOBS TO OREGON THAT ARE BASED ON LAND AND FOREST STEWARDSHIP.

REMOVE FEDERAL SUBSIDIES FOR GMO FARMING. INCREASE SUPPORT FOR LOCAL FAMILY FARMS

CLEAN WATER:  Clean up the waterways and air through an education campaign about storm drains, unnecessary garden chemicals, and other pollution sources. Innovate new water catchment and remove laws that encumber home gray water and catchment systems.

USE WATER APPROPRIATELY: In rural and agriculture regions rebuild the irrigation districts and improve water catchment, allow gray water systems for homes and businesses, build  cisterns and repair natural riparian systems in order to establish reliable water supplies where outdoor water is used for outdoor purposes.  This would take a great deal of pressure off potable water expense and make more sense to use potable water for drinking, cooking and bathing and outdoor water for irrigation, landscaping, car washing, etc.

Evaluate the riparian waterways and the T.I.D. and M.I.D. systems to see how water catchment, creation of water cisterns, restoration of creeks and streams can provide more conservation and better coordination of how potable and outdoor water can be used for most savings and conserving water. Avoid immediate removal of dams which are providing hydro-power and study more closely the disruptive impacts to environment and communities.

EXPAND JOBS IN FOREST STEWARDSHIP and make new jobs to clear the fallen fire-fuel and small trees before we experience a major forest fire.

WORK WITH THE GREEN GRANGES, and other farm groups to transition all Oregon farms to non GMO, non-chemical, sustainable farming practices.  BAN ALL GMOS IN OREGON TO PROTECT OUR LEGACY AS A SEED SANCTUARY AND A HAVEN FOR ORGANIC GROWERS TO LIVE AND GROW FOOD FOR AMERICA.

DESIGN ALL PUBLIC SPACES, SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS WITH FOOD FORESTS AND FOOD-PRODUCING GARDENS AND WATER CATCHMENT FEATURES.  SUPPORT HOME AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OF SAME.

STATE OFFER FREE NUTRITION CLASSES to educate people and wean them off refined white sugar, canola oil, GM corn and soy, snacks and processed foods that contribute to rise in diabetes, heart attack and cancers.

LOWER THE USE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS, pharmaceuticals, smoking, anti-depressants, and illegal drug use through counseling and a jobs program that pays the unemployed or poverty-line retirees for doing prevention, care and community work with those in need.

ENCOURAGE THE MEDIA TO RAISE STANDARDS of movies, TV programming and limit the death, violence, gratuitous sex and carnage, encourage spiritual leaders and trendsetters to raise the bar, restore common sense, human scope and kindness and moral compass to what is produced and shown.

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MEDIA AND INCREASE VOTER BASE BY CREATING JOBS AND STAKEHOLDER STATUS FOR ALL RESIDENTS.

MAINTAIN A STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOL AND LIBRARY SYSTEM.  MAINTAIN POST OFFICES AND PUBLIC SERVICE NECESSITIES.

RECLAIM RESPECT AND PROPER TREATMENT OF PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT – Golden Rule as main law, and reduce the patrolling and imprisonment of people through giving them work and positive and attainable goals and rewards. RESTORE RESPECT FOR RIGHTS OF NATURE.

SEND NO SOLDIERS FROM OREGON TO WARS.

REDUCE PACKAGING OF ALL KINDS. Mount a public relations campaign to give people the thought to COMPROMISE BY USING MORE GENERIC PRODUCTS, LESS CHOICES AND LESS GLAMOUR/STATUS IN EXCHANGE FOR FEWER AND BETTER CHOICES.

-Catie Faryl, updated in May 2015 for Bridges to 2020 Art Exhibit at Medford, Oregon Library thru 7/7/15

Sex and the Singularity

Executive Vision and other Oxymorons

Technaut

Triple Dip Economy

Real Slick

Daily Toast

Balance Art Card Deck

The Balance Deck is composed of 72 double-sided cards designed with images and writings from the first twelve years of showing my artwork. This collection of paintings is available in the card deck, greeting cards and prints, priced for affordable gift giving. See this page for more information and to order.

Circus of the Soul

Revisiting Circus of the Soul in 2013

This was one of the largest exhibits I’ve had and it is a theme I continue to explore. It was originally exhibited in Medford, Oregon at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center and has since been shown in a church and a gallery in Portland and elsewhere.

The large gallery in Medford was a wonderful venue; with outer gallery walls and inner panels I was able to display the work as a “3 Ring Circus” of sorts, with the outer walls holding the cosmology/theology pieces, and used the inner clusters of three circular panel configurations to present the earthly forms and figures.

Ten years later I still resonate with the importance of this theme, and continue to offer classes on the Art of the Circus. This powerful metaphor has been explored and exploited by many artists and is also at the core of much carnal entertainment we see today, as well as pageantry and sacred rituals of religion. As Above, So Below, we strive to rise to our highest potentials and continue to be tempted by the gravity of our human condition.

Soon I will present a contiguous body of work called “Eve’s Bad Rap.” In this “better story” I look at the damage done by the myth of Eden and look at new parables, better outcomes and more positive portrayals of women and their huge contribution to society, beauty, industry: a happiness and prosperity that would be impossible without them.