What is Project Maritima?
Meaning of the sea, Project Maritima is a Data-A work of art which takes us on a visual and conscious journey to examine the ocean in a different way.
I have always loved the sea. My first childhood memories are of me in the sea. Did you know that 84% of the oxygen that we breathe comes from Earth's Ocean. Did you know that all of the oceans around the world are actually one ocean? There are over 228,000 plus catalogued species that live in our Ocean. If you really take a look at those numbers it is possible to say that over 1 trillion creatures live in our world's Ocean and that number excludes the 7 billion humans and other species on land that rely on the oxygen from the Ocean to breathe. Our Earth's Ocean is going down because of humanities innocent mistakes.
It is the role of a Data-A artist to create art that explores a greater role for life itself in defining arts meaning. I realized that there needed to be shift in consciousness for humanity on behalf of our world's ocean and on January 4, 2013, Project Maritima was born. Currently in 2015, there are over 60 large scale mixed media on canvas, 10 large scale prelude sand mandalas, 1 large scale sculpture, and 1 collaborative installation with with fellow Data-A Artist, Cesar Aguilera, and 1 projected global collaboration. All of the works have a powerful message for our world and I continue to create for this project on a daily basis.
Project Maritima is a work of art of long duration, addressing a huge subject at a global scale. The complexity of the problem is such that Project Maritima has to be divided in several phases just to illustrate the minimal survey that is required to present a functional global aesthetic model of a recovery strategy. To follow the proejct on facebook please click on the link above.
Shown here are just a small sampling of the project's works. This is an ongoing project for Beth and the website to the project is listed below. It is art focused on the condition and recovery of the world's Ocean.
Ink on paper with colored sand
Beth's Narrative for the Mandala:
A prediction made based upon known evidence and observation
The Projection Mandala presents us with two sides of a very difficult problem.
On one side the projections made by scientists based upon known and reliable data, indicate that the chemistry, the function, the environment and composition of the world's ocean is changing not only rapidly but exceedingly beyond our capacity to respond in time to make a lasting difference.
On the other side The Projection Mandala invokes a known source of untapped energy that is found in the will of the human spirit, a will which can harness the severity of the challenge to respond to the condition and recovery of the world's ocean and to focus it onto the relentless capacity of human civilization to rally behind a response that is motivated by life, on behalf of the life giving ocean.
Therefore, that response is a celebration of the arrival by the human spirit to a global consciousness that includes all life and ourselves as the custodians and keepers of the most precious gift ever to come out of the sea, life.
Ink on Paper with Colored Sand and Herkimer Diamond
Beth's narrative for the work:
The realization mandala is what one may call a conscious maturation as the arrival into the large conscious landscape of wisdom. In this case, the process is marked by the preceding mandalas whose content and narrative flow like tributary rivers into the ocean of realization where they all coalesce as a model of a most fundamental anatomy to the process, which leads to wisdom.
Therefore, the narrative begins at the “Innocence Mandala” and is followed by the “Embrace Mandala” the “Involvement Mandala” the “Collectivity Mandala” the “Organization Mandala” the “Visualization Mandala” the “Focus Mandala” the “Concentration Mandala” the “Projection Mandala” all of which merge into the “Realization Mandala.”
It follows that human consciousness is the result of hundreds of thousands of years of accumulated information regarding our interpretation of the world and how we apply that interpretation to living. It happens that currently as living is becoming a critical survival concern in the wake of the Anthropocene epoch, our interpretation of the world will have to evolve to match the actual conditions, which are driving the very need to evolve culturally.
Ink on paper and colored sand.
Beth's Narrative for the Work:
This Mandala invokes an unprecedented concentration of attention and resolve focused on the available reality concerning the condition and recovery of the world's ocean.
What is highly desired here is to eliminate the excess of hear-say and speculation about what is causing and driving the ocean to change its nature, from one favorable to life like ours to one that cannot support it.
In other words, we are creating an ocean which cannot provide the kind of air, water, weather and food supplies to sustain creatures like us. The focus Mandala invokes our ability to focus on the right choice for the ocean and for us.
ink on paper with colored sand, black pearls, bone arrowhead artifact, feathers
Beth's Narrative for the work:
This Mandala is an invocation to our ability to concentrate intensely on the magnitude of the task involved in the understanding and resolution of the condition and recovery of the world's ocean.
While the components of the task are many the resolution of life is to endure and sustain, therefore life concentrates in the process of living and by evoking our power to turn around the conditions against life; we too will become a positive component of ocean recovery and thus a part of Nature's resolution to live.
The tool that Beth uses to create the sand mandalas is called a chak-pur.
Chakpur and driver have been a mandala's tool for thousands of years, sand has been the ocean's history of life. Together these agents empower us to think that we are more than mere creatures who can't see infinity in a grain of sand.
Blow Back - Panel 3
40" x 40"
Mixed Media On Canvas
Beth's Narrative for the Work:
Blow Back is not about Nature striking back at humankind but, it is the ineviatable consequence of our actions running their full course by creating many different demons (ocean pollution, climate change, nuclear waste, overpopulation, global warming, plasticulture, acid rain, deforestation to name a few) that will affect the way we live our life on our earth. These demons have specific names and need to be known to all so that we may make the changes needed to correct our course.
Blow Back – Panel 1
40" x 40"
Mixed Media on Canvas
Beth's Narrative for the Work:
As our world revolves around this new epoch, it is punctuated by the way in which we changed the nature of the Earth to suit a world of our own design. The triumph which has been followed by the unfortunate realization that the effect of our redesign, is now coming to hound us as if a ghostly spectrum of our own creation as well as unleashing its fury on us for the deed.
Ironically that is what this triptych is all about in its examination of the new myth as it visits humankind in this new epoch. Blow Back is not about Nature striking back at us, Blow Back is the inevitable consequence of our actions running their full course of events.
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Project Maritima Prelude Mandalas Book
6" x 9"
Limited Edition Book (50)
(signed, numbered, and dated)
Beth's Narrative for the Book:
This book was created out of two years worth of work and has an important and powerful message for humanity. The Prelude Mandalas are intended to be the invocational first steps to a consciousness about ourselves in unity with our world's Ocean.
All images, works, and text © Beth Carter Bell 2016