i’m amazed by what the sea belches up just bits & pieces nothing ever whole never complete
lobster traps boat parts broken shells crab clam scallop razor lady slipper whelk the devil’s pocketbook jingle shells nothing ever whole never complete just bits & pieces
they stroll the beach searching but for what they don’t know something that has meaning only to them
then something catches their eye they stoop pick it up turn it over skip it back onto the waves but sometimes they pocket it bring it home
puzzle pieces without the box to see the big picture
bits & pieces nothing ever whole never complete just their shells
--Prof. Arlo Kent
I do not have a high regard for humanity. We're destroying the planet through greed and neglect. We can't get along. We are a warring species. I think we should just die out, as it seems we're destined to do, and let another species take over for awhile.
These images are part of an assemblage or mixed media piece I'm working on. I still haven't figured out what to call what I'm making, trying to fit it into an understandable label, and that's proving a problem as I try to "explain" my work to gallerists and other gatekeeper types.
I'm amazed by what the ocean belches up on the beach. Just bits and pieces. These are not just bits and pieces of shells, they are bits and pieces of individual people on the beach. Just bits and pieces themselves, belched up by the sea. Searching, but for what?! They don't know. But there are just bits and pieces. And every so often they pocket something and bring it home. Just puzzle pieces. But they can't see the entire picture, so they'll never know. Just bits and pieces. Puzzle pieces.
And that's pretty much how I feel about humanity.
These images could be printed, framed, and hung on a wall, one after another. Or put in a book. But I don't see the point of that.
Prof. Arlo Kent
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John Greiner-Ferris is an artist in the Boston area. Sometimes he makes images. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he does both.