In 2009 I was awarded The United States Artists Fellowship. This award afforded me time and resources. My response was to delve into issues around climate change and see if there was some artistic response that would be personally meaningful and could expand our dialogue, connection, and response to the major events occurring in these times. I wanted to contribute to a movement towards positive envisioning and collective insight as opposed to simply averting disaster. Firerock became a means to create spaces and opportunities for us to connect us to our shared humanity.
Frustrated by theme-based projects that oversimplify, the path to finding a starting point has not been obvious. Convinced that climate change is hard to relate to, I committed myself to creating a musical out of my belief that songs and story can foster the emotional connection so desperately needed in this conversation.
This is not a project about right and wrong—it is about what connects us to one another and to the communities with whom we share the planet. It is about what we must let go of and what we must carry with us as we create and remember regenerative relationships. I am not interested in projects that prescribe solutions but that lead us more deeply to our own personal and collective resources inherent in each individual and community. I am interested in nuance, multiplicity, inquiry, dialogue and elevating a wide range of community voices.
Firerock contains within it a predicament. The answer to our central social and environmental challenges may not be found in the current language and perceptions that dominate. Rather it may be found in our collective insight—and this is what I seek to create through this musical story, a deep interaction that brings us face to face with creating our shared future through our feeling, participatory creative exchanges and shared reflection and dialogue.
Having worked with many communities around the globe I am aware of the myriad of world views and cosmologies that hold notions of climate change in radically different ways. I care about these differences and am committed to an elegant expression of this multiplicity that welcomes us into a textured global imagining of our future.
Molly Sturges, Santa Fe, NM