Embarking on my new series of graphic works, tentatively entitled ‘The Long Emergency,’ I delve into themes surrounding the decline of (post) industrial civilization, a process set in motion long before the current crisis we face today. Drawing inspiration from James H. Kunstler’s thesis on ‘The Long Emergency,’ my artworks explore the far-reaching consequences of peak oil, environmental disasters, and the unsustainable practices that underpin our modern way of life.
Within this series, I aim to encapsulate a myriad of motifs and subjects, ranging from the clash between nature and man-made landscapes to the consequences of energy production, delving into the realms of domestic, wild animal and human genetic mutations. Adopting a surrealist approach to image-making, I draw from computer-aided technologies, the beauty of nature, and the graphic styles of past painting masters.
To enrich my artistic narrative, I incorporate influences from liminal spaces, capturing the transient and disorienting states between societal structures. Additionally, I delve into the realm of false flag operations, weaving elements of intrigue and deception into the visual tapestry, prompting viewers to question the authenticity of the depicted scenarios. Industrial mythology becomes a guiding force, shaping the symbolic language within the artworks, reflecting the narratives and symbols associated with industrialization and its myths.
Essentially, ‘The Long Emergency’ becomes a visual mishmash of eclectic styles, diverse media, and a fusion of ideas. In echoing Kunstler’s concerns and integrating influences from liminality, false flag operations and industrial mythology, my artwork aims to narrate the intricate connections between environmental, energy and societal challenges. It portrays the unsettling and surreal aspects of a civilization on the brink, while exploring the blurred boundaries between reality and the manufactured narratives that shape our perceptions. By incorporating elements from various artistic realms and weaving in these additional influences, I hope to offer viewers a thought-provoking journey into the multifaceted crises defining our contemporary world.
Pierre Duranleau – Nov., 2023