Tell us about the evolution of your concept through this creative development process.
My concept started as a response to the reference to the words “futures” and our area’s theme “post-carbon” and how I saw that there was a huge gap between people seeing a Solar Punk future (all green, shiny, and perfect) and the end of using fossil fuels. These words that reference time triggered my desire to create a work that covered distinct epochs. Now – short time in the future – far future. In the scope of the work for the Regional Futures project I was going to only focus on the short term future, but with the opportunity to take the work to exhibition in 2024, I have fully envisioned the triptych.
Initially I had hoped to be able to incorporate the work of the other artists in the group, into the work as a nod to their parts in the new future and the idea that it will be a truly collaborative effort, to let go of the self and look to us as a species to make the hard changes that need to be made. However, members of the group were not necessarily comfortable with this approach.