24 January 2007

The Oil Companies

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Oil is only one of the natural resources being fought over in the Darfur struggle, but oil is the resource that brings other countries into the fray. I've decorated my Darfurian woman's garment with the corporate logos of some of the oil companies that are working in Sudan.

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5 comments:

Andy English said...

It gets better and better - its a wonderful experience to see the work grow lke this.

Cin said...

I admire you so, you are telling the story so succinctly and powerfully, beautiful important work

Annie B said...

Thank you so much Andy, Cin.

cazsh said...

Annie, your work is masterful. this Darfur print is inspiring, beautiful, engaging, thought provoking and everything a piece of art should be. Thanks for sharing the process with everyone. Don't you think it is ironic that you used plastic plates as part of the process>? Keep up the great work.

Annie B said...

Hi cazsh, thanks for your kind words and for the interesting question you raise about the plastic plates. Unfortunately, my personal involvement with oil goes much deeper than just those plates. The paper I used was flown from Japan, the wood came from Seattle, I got my pigments from a place in NY City and I used my environmentally unfriendly and very plastic computer to research the visual elements! I don't think the fact that I and my art have benefited hugely from oil means that I can't critique the oil companies' colonization of Africa, but these are definitely things to take note of. How do we accurately critique something when we're wallowing in the middle of it? You raise a good point...