Sunday, July 24, 2016

Handcarts, chaos, and Georgia O'keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe Oriental Poppies 1927

As the world descends into varying levels of chaos, violence and mayhem all around I am in the relative peace and calm of 'post-Brexit' Britain (Britains exit from the EU).

The Brexiteers speak now of free trade, internationalism and boundless prosperity awaiting the the United Kingdom, or what will remain of it when Scotland has decided what to do, oh, and Northern Ireland for that matter.

The B’remainers are emerging as from a particularly nasty hangover bleary eyed and unsure what to hope for, if the country really is going ‘to hell in a handcart’ as many predict they could smugly play the ‘told you so’ card, on the other hand no-one wants economic meltdown either. Whatever the case, it’s too early to tell and probably will be for the next five years!

All the hand ringing in the UK can’t help appearing as a storm in a teacup compared with the events in Turkey in the last ten days. The shocking events that gripped us all from Friday night on-wards have changed the political landscape. One only feels deep sympathy and concern for my Turkish friends as they bravely continue on that long and painful road to democracy. I salute those who stood in harms way to safeguard their way of life.

Georgia O’Keeffe was a welcome breath of gentle meditation in all the chaos. The Tate Modern London is showing her works until October. I felt that I understood her creative journey and resonated which much of what she’d done.
I have a few half finished works awaiting my attention back in the capital of the world, in a few days we will be together again.

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