The Climate Change crisis and the COVID 19 Pandemic have links we are beginning to recognize. Artists are using their creativity to show us these matters in a way that engages people. My submission to Life As a Human is from the artist, Tanisha Bhana, who has sent her work to me. Three artworks and her artist’s’ statement illustrate how she shows the pandemic to be the result of an unbalanced ecological system. The title of one of her works, “When the Earth Sighed” brings the message that there is a need to reflect on what humans are doing to planet Earth and the need to recognize changes required to work in harmony with the earth. Changing the adage “business as usual” to “business and biodiversity” may be a starting point to re-balance our lives as humans.
Observing the moment when the earth stood still to the human race, when the air was fresh and smog-free, when rivers ran clear from human debris, Covid-19 is a fitting time to explore the common link that humans share with every object and organism.
Synonymous with a distillation process, the natural phenomena of disease serves as an equalising force in an imbalanced ecosystem, as it has done many times before.
The interconnectedness of all things, be they organic or inanimate, can be captured in the fractal similarities between earthly phenomena of virus, flower and seed; and in the organic transporting structures of root and vessels, water and leaves.
At any stage in the cycle of matter, some things thrive, and some waste away, some are composed together in living form, some inert, some decompose, all transform to become different things at different times. The commonality of death in the time of disease is also the possibility of life elsewhere in the same value-chain.
Photos and artwork (c) Tanisha Bhana – All Rights Reserved
Guest Author Bio
Charalee Graydon was born in Alberta, Canada. She is a writer, journalist, academic and past lawyer. She works in the areas mediation and collaboration and is currently a faculty member at EUCLID University.
Charalee holds degrees in Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate in Law. Following receipt of a Rhodes scholarship in 1982, she pursued legal studies in Oxford, England where she obtained a B.C. L degree. She held academic positions in England, New Zealand, and Canada and is presently a faculty member at Euclid University. She practiced law in Canada.
She has published three books of literary fiction and one of which has been translated and published in Spanish.
She developed programs for students, judges, and the corporations on legal issues and published academic works in environmental law, sentencing and commercial law.
Blog / Website: Charaleeg.com