Alexander “Sasha” Berkman’s book, Prison Memoir’s of an Anarchist, has served as a source of strength for Marie recently.
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Tags: Alexander Berkman, political prisoner, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, prisoner art
Tags: art show, kickstarter, prisoner art, Sacramento, Sacramento art, With Conviction
On January 11th, 2014, Marie Mason’s art will be on display alongside hundreds of other prisoners’ art as part of a month long exhibit entitled With Conviction: Art and Letters from Behind Prison Walls.
If you’re near Sacramento, make sure to check this out. Also, the organizers are fundraising to fly out Anthony Rayson and his partner Michael Ploski, who have collected most of the art that will be on display. If fundraised successfully, the two will be on hand for the opening to speak of the art collected and the politics and messages behind much of the work. You can contribute at the Kickstarter page here- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/238264289/with-conviction-art-and-letters-from-behind-prison
Tags: Art Auction, Earth First! Journal, fundraiser
The Earth First! Journal is holding their First Annual Art Auction as part of their big fundraising drive to cover the printing costs for the 2014 year. Marie has donated her two most recent paintings- Banana Slug and Northern Lights, Melting Ice to the event. The auction is taking place online November 18th. Be sure to check out her and the many other artists’ original works and bid generously to support one of the best radical publications out there.
Tags: climate change, melting ice caps, Northern Lights, polar bear
This is a painting inspired by the article Silent summer: No wolf pup yips heard on Isle Royale.
“So, this painting is of course about Pussy Riot’s public shows (in Red Square here, and the most notorious of theirs being inside the orthodox church). …[it] was good to read that they have tons of support. I still worry for them, tho’. My heart breaks for the one band member separated from her youngest daughter. I hurt to be away from my own kids, and they were so much older. I’m hoping that their time is not too hard and over soon…. I haven’t tried a collage before, but I wanted it to be clear that it was Putin & Pussy Riot….”
Tags: de-extinction, extinction, genetics, passenger pigeon
I’ve been reading a number of journal articles about using similar species’ genetic material spliced with samples from relatively recently extinct animals to recreate (and at some point re-introduce) engineered individuals of these currently non-existing species. I am as fascinated and charmed by do-do’s, passenger pigeons (the bird in the painting), marsupial tigers and mammoths as any other science (and science fiction) geek- but didn’t Jurassic Park touch on the “what could possibly go wrong?” question here?
It’s been great to read all the other scientists weighing in on the issue (conservation concerns vs. disease vector)- but they don’t say often enough that it was human action and policy that killed these creatures the first time, because we acted in the present for our advantage without a sufficient consideration of the consequences to the future. And we seem poised to do just that again. Who knows how similar or dissimilar these composite creations would be? I know that it was unnerving to read The Wind-Up Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi- and to realize that at least in fiction- someone is thinking through these possibilities…
Comment on this at Marie’s Between the Bars Blog- https://betweenthebars.org/posts/13012/rebuilding-the-past-unzipping-the-future