Art Speaks Volumes …

and Franke James can tell you why! It just so happens that Franke is very passionate about the environment, as we all should be. Global warming is a term I did not grow up with, but for today’s youth, it’s a too familiar term. It therefore makes sense that we get informed and do our best to remedy the situation.

Artist and environmental activist Franke James does just that: she uses her creative talents to illustrate to the rest of our country and beyond, what each one of us can and should do to reduce pollution and protect our natural resources. One would think, Franke is doing a good thing, and the many followers of her witty visual essays certainly attest to that.

But there is one catch: her artwork hits the funny bone of our current political machinery and thus, she ended up on the Canadian Governments’ Black List — ouch!

I personally know Franke James and I can assure everyone that she’s a friendly, artsy person with true-to-heart convictions. A very admirable human being as far as I’m concerned. I’ve attended her recent Blacklisting Party to show my support for this fellow artist.

As Canadian citizens, we all believe in freedom of speech, yet our government has found displeasure in Franke’s visual essays and as a result, she has lost the chance to take her art on a major European tour due to political interference. Frustrating? You bet. Perplexing? Indeed. Yet also exciting and exhilarating to watch how Franke has been able to turn a negative into a positive, and demonstrated to the rest of the world what one person can do.

Perhaps it’s time we initiate a Freedom of Speech Month in Canada. After all, the Constitutional Law of Canada states that everyone has the ‘freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression, including freedom of press and other media of communication …‘ What do you think?


About gamppart

I'm a Visual Artist, Environmentalist, and Art Educator. My areas of creative expression include acrylic painting, mixed media and mosaic art. I especially like working with broken china, which allows me to use discarded, second-hand materials. I'm fond of textures, colours, and organic forms. Cats and chickens are my muse.
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