Friday, May 01, 2009

I watched the news. I watched a documentary on global warming. I thought about a world where kids get taken shopping for the latest in cool gas masks.

So I went to the studio and spent a little time in that other place, that sort of steampunk, Victorian place where Poppets are extra cool.

Tonight a bit more escaping, just for a bit, into some science fiction on dvd.
Because I need not to think about the kids gas mask aisle.
The adults of every generation seem to agree at some point that the world is headed to the proverbial hell in the proverbial basket.
Should I find that oddly comforting?


Anonymous said...

You are so talented! I wish I could buy every piece of your work. I first heard about you through Neil Gaiman's blog. Just thought I'd let you know that you are amazing.

lisa said...


Stacey said...

I don't know if it's comforting or not. My parents' generation grew up having drills where they hid under their desk in the event of a nuclear attack. When my parents were in their mid-teens there was the averted Cuban Missile Crisis.

But our generation grew up without drills. We just knew that someday we'd get nuked. We were familiar with the concept of nuclear winter when we were still children.

Our children, (if we have them,) know that the oceans are rising, they know about global warming and bio-weapons.

Add to that all of the people who grew up "knowing" that the Biblical Armageddon is nigh... it's hard to know which fears are grounded in reality, and which are just the fear of the generation. Regardless, there doesn't seem to be much an individual can do to change the course of the "end of the world," besides living responsibly and ethically.


And yet, these fears still occasionally carry some of us away, and we have to claw our way back to "normal" living, whatever that is.

I believe this is one of the reasons I identify so strongly with post-apocalyptic art, novels, stories... it's a familiar track in my brain, one I always hope stays just a fear, just art, just fiction.

I don't watch the news.

Loraine said...

Poppets are so amazingly cool. Love the colors and concepts...

Drinne said...

Hi Lisa,

I've put up the Park for Poppet on the Nuts and Bolts forum, so you can escape there if you like. I've given it a victorian style central square. There could be an annual Gas Mask Parade : )