Everything Comes from Earth
installation by Michele Guieu
The Desert Dairy
Michele is an eco-artist and arts educator, Her installations, often participatory, focus on sustainability and the impact human activities have on nature. As an educator, she works with K-8 students in various settings and develops a curriculum that integrates visual arts and science. Originally from Marseille, France, she lived in Senegal, Africa, and Paris, where she received an MA in graphic design from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD). She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Over my last year of reading, I have learned about the risk of systemic collapse. Books, videos, podcasts have helped me to see that the human predicament is the biggest challenge that we, as a species, have ever faced. The ‘Great Acceleration’ is not sustainable, there is no infinite growth in a finite world. The Desert Dairy residency offers a time to reflect on how Earth has essentially become a commodity in the ultra-complex (therefore fragile) system society created. We may still have time to change the paradigm and re-establish our connection to nature (which we are part of).