Buff McAllister

Dreaming of Water: Quench, fiber

Earth's Treasures

The pieces in my environmental work are invitations to consider nature – its beauty and untidiness and fragility – and nature's resources, especially water. Humans prize the gold, silver, and gems that we can wrest from the earth, but ignore the resources of genuine value – the soil, fresh water, trees, clean skies -- except as far as we can exploit them.

Water is the most precious substance on earth, and we waste and pollute it as though it were infinite. Of all the water on earth, only 3% is fresh, and there is no substitute for it. We can live for three weeks without food, but only three days without water.

I use cloth and thread, in raw-edge applique, to create symbolic, mostly abstract meditations on the state of our precious resources on planet Earth – the scarcity of clean fresh water, the infinite value of fertile soil and protective trees, and the disaster that is climate change.