art against single used plastic, Art from found objects, exhibitions w recycled plastic, Glen Rogers, Mazatlan, OMA Galeria, plastic crisis, Plastic Madness, refuse plastic, San Jose City College
As an artist, my work is inspired by visiting sacred sites around the world and connecting with the spirit of place. I honor our ancestors and am enthralled by the symbols they left behind on rock walls and pottery shards. I borrow from a universal language – like the spiral that speaks of renewal and the circle that speaks of wholeness, as well as forms from nature found in cultures around the world. My work comes from a personal place and has a mystical and meditative quality.
I have lived in Mazatlan, Mexico – a little slice of Paradise on the Sea of Cortez- for 17 years. I love walking the beach or down the Malecon – 7 miles of ocean-front sidewalk. But something has disturbed my tranquil walks – more and more plastic – shopping bags, straws, bottles, caps, styrofoam, etc. is in my path. Sadly, my walks have become more of a garbage pick-up excursion. And I have begun to learn more about the bigger problem with plastic in our world via the internet:
- An estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic are currently in the oceans, a third of which is concentrated in the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch – possibly twice the size of the United States!
I am not a political artist, but I do hold Mother Earth sacred, so how can I ignore her call for help? Plastic is one of the biggest threats to our planet clogging our neighborhoods, highways, soil, beaches and oceans. Ocean plastic pollution is killing more than 100,000 marine animals and birds each year. World-wide plastic production is increasing dramatically and every year we produce approximately 300 million tons of plastics. Plastic doesn’t decompose, it never goes away. We humans are negatively affected as the toxic chemicals in plastics are contaminating our bodies by entering our food chain and our water supply.
I decided to take action on the home front and also to take steps to bring the plastic crisis in focus. Here are some things I’ve done:
- Recycle what I use at home and on the streets and beaches (not easy in Mazatlan because there is no city-wide recycling program)
- Refuse plastic bags and straws at shops and stores (In Mexico, they give them out like candy!) “sin popote, por favor”
- Re-use plastic bags, cups, etc that I have acquired
- Take my refillable water bottle with me at home and on my travels
- Created an anti-plastic logo and had some fabric shopping bags made that fold up and fit into a purse or back pocket as give-aways and gifts.
- Started a Facebook page to disperse info found on the internet and to raise awareness to the plastic problem (Campaña-Anti-Plástico-de-Mazatlan)
- Created an informational hand-out to give out in both English and Spanish
- Speak up to vendors, friends, and family to encourage them to also give up single-use plastic
- And most importantly: Curated an International Art Exhibition, Plastic Madness / Locura del Plastico inviting over 25 Mexican and U.S. artists to create artworks from plastic found in their daily paths. This exhibition, with unique and compelling works of art, was shown at the Angela Peralta Gallery in Mazatlan to rave reviews, then at the OMA Galeria at the Mazatlan airport where it was viewed by hundred of visitors. (Many thanks to Dept. of Culture, Mazatlan and Claudia Gallardo, director of OMA Galeria.) The exhibition has now traveled to the U.S. and is currently being exhibited at San Jose City College (thru Nov 27, 2017). In this show, additional California artists were invited to join the Mexican artists uniting artists from these two countries in a common problem. This show was co-curated by Katherine Levin-Lau and Deborah Kennedy. The next scheduled exhibition in the U.S. is Bluseed Studios and Gallery in Saranac Lake, NY in August 2018 where NY artists will be invited to participate. (Carol Marie Vossler will co-curate the NY exhibition). Additionally, a new Plastic Madness exhibition will be organized in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, February 2019.
Meg Stanton said:
Hi Glen.Very good but Very sad.Meg On Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 5:37 PM Art and Sacred Sites wrote:
> glenrogers posted: ” As an artist, my work is inspired by visiting sacred > sites around the world and connecting with the spirit of place. I honor our > ancestors and am enthralled by the symbols they left behind on rock walls > and pottery shards. I borrow from a universal lan” >
I know its not a pretty picture, but we all need to rally to turn this thing around. Big hugs to you!
Great to connect with you!
I’m Jo – artist, writer, traveller (I was interviewed by local radio on that subject), mental health advocate, music lover, wild west nut intrigued by science, and renaissance soul with a potty sense of humour.
Four years ago I began a three-year journey towards miraculous full recovery after thirty years of depression – a medication crisis was the catalyst, I’ve never felt this good – and I’m chronicling the rebuild of my polymath, adventurous and creative lifestyle on my blog, *Creating My Odyssey *
I’m networking with creatives with mental health issues and reaching people with a voice, and those with depression in particular, to show that depression is the most treatable of mental illnesses.
By enormous good chance through my medication crisis and wonderful neighbours, we met the brilliant mental health team, who, with a combination of medication (known as California Rocket Fuel – love it!) and cognitive behavioural therapy, brought me to where I am now. Which proves that provided sufferers know where to look, help is available. That’s the hard part, which shouldn’t be the case.
*Creating My Odyssey * is a great vehicle for my creativity – writing (anecdotal articles and an epic novel) and art – and also covers a myriad of eclectic subjects. I’m unleashing everything that was previously hidden under a bushel, and I’ve been interviewed and had articles published on mental health sites.
I’m also posting blog links on my site and would love to exchange links and guest posts with other bloggers, particularly on mental health matters, so if you’re interested, I’d love to hear from you. Also, if possible, to collaborate with other creatives who suffer or have suffered from mental health problems. Possibly exchange blog posts about creative lives, whatever ideas anyone may have. I’m open to (almost!) anything! I should also add that my artwork is very much for sale if you’re interested.
I’ve also been writing a humongous novel forever, on and off, particularly during young parenthood and depression, to help keep me sane*. Alias Jeannie Delaney *is the life story of a devastating cowgirl who’s the fastest gun in the west and also bisexual. Since my recovery from depression I’ve decided it’s time to get it out there! I’m blogging about it on my site. I’ve had interviews about my fascination for the wild west, and even appeared on a news item on southern UK television!
Thank you so much for reading, and I’d love you to follow me on my travels through life.
I’ve had an interview published here: Leslie Tate interview/Recovering From Depression Part 1 Leslie Tate interview/Recovering From Depression Part 2
I’ve had mental health articles published here: Councillors Cafe – All Dried Up Councillors Cafe – My Experience of CBT Rachel Kelly/My wellness story by Jo Clutton Creative Mental Health – One of the Hardest Things iam1in4/ creating-my-odyssey Author Jo Clutton – Mental Movement Lifelightsmag – Who Are You and What Have You Done With
My Wife? Debra Eve – (Late Bloomers) More Proof It’s Never Too Late
I had many anecdotal articles published in the *Alton Gazette (Hampshire UK)* I was featured in my cowgirl role in the *Alton Gazette* and *The Sunday Telegraph Magazine*! I had an article on narrow boating featured in Waterways World
I write about life, creativity and mental health here: http://www.jo-b-creative.blogspot.co.uk I go west here: Kitty Le Roy’s Wild West I talk to mates and share here: Facebook Jo Bennett I share my posts here: Facebook Creating My Odyssey I jaw with western folks here: Facebook Kitty Le Roy’s Wild West Saloon I tweet here: Twitter Jo Clutton I post some of my umpteen zillion photos here: Instagram JMClutton I find interesting folk to exchange notes with here: Linkedin Jo Clutton I pin loads of images here: Pinterest
Thanks for sharing with me your creative life journey. I have to say I’ve been blessed and suffered no depression in life – but I did live with someone who suffered for 20 years. I have great empathy for you and your road to recovery. Good for you for turning this thing around and shifting to your creativity as healing. Your novel sounds fascinating. I just finished watching ‘Godless’ on Netflix, a western honoring strong women which I highly recommend.
Thanks for reaching out and good luck in all of your endeavors.