Artwork and writings by Catie Faryl
The People are stymied and inaction on their part is largely bound by the extreme wealth and resource exploitation in the hands of too few. The “1%”, the corporations with their greed and power, and their control over our governments, laws and bureaucracies limit the judicious and wise treatment of all beings and the planet.
The rise of extreme technologies and human entitlement as illustrated by “mechanical bees”, G.M.O.s, and lust for continual entertainment, pleasure, escapism and cynicism have advanced the 6th Extinction. Fear, apathy and fatalism deter the good intentions people might have for change. Feelings of impotence and disengagement from the problems and solutions are breeding the acceptance of a dystopian future. “As we believe, so it will be” was a theme of this artist’s prior work.
With violence and war rampant in the media, entertainment and all around us in the news, it seems we aren’t able to see utopian visions or embrace the equitable thoughts and actions of our past nor easily mobilize the public outcry for real change. Cynicism is portrayed here as the “DJ of Doom”; our gloom, apathy and powerlessness increase human displacement and environmental degradation, with no sense of home and safety. The retreat to drugs and fantasy, while the suffering of people on the streets, the chaos in our infrastructures, and impending disasters are ignored, can be addressed if we embrace and protect the gifts of the natural world, our only true salvation.
We Have Met the Zombies and They Are Our Apathy
2011 Watercolor 17” x 21” $250
Night of Mechanical Bees
2018 Ink monotype 16” x 20” $250
Sour Note in the Forest of the 6th Extinction
2011 Watercolor monotype $250
D.J. of Doom
2012 Ink monotype 16” x 20” $300
Query of the Ghost in the Machine
2022 Watercolor monotype 13” x 18” $200
2015 Watercolor monotype 15” x 18” $300
On the Street
1996 Watercolor 23” x 28” $250
If Wishes were Horses. . . .
2022 Watercolor 16” x 20” $250
The Puppet Man of Seattle
2003 Watercolor 15” x 18” $250
Minute After Midnight
1999 Ink monotype 18” x 24” $300