With my very first painting series The Earth, I used my research on the human heart as inspiration to represent the earth as a living, breathing organ. To my surprise, I kept going with this articulation in both narrative and image. Written at the same time as the paintings were created, my poem Raving Mad (below) also speaks to this expression.
rusty red crust
slowly being gnawed
peeling off layer by layer
under this constant pressure.
Stomping and beating
Gouged and scratched
red energy draining under incessant raining
reaching blood red core
Steaming arteries pulsating burst!!
Roots groping for growth,
raging against injustice,
frantically in a frenzy,
dying a slow red death.
This earth resigns itself prematurely to dying.
We have laid old age upon it and
anger runs red raging brilliantly
flowing through artists to poets
of rhymes and reason.
Poetry by Phyllis Kirk