How we relate to the earth and her beings, and the stories we tell ourselves are powerful.
We have an urgent need to reconnect with nature as this is our home. We have forgotten how a sense of place gives us roots and nourishment. We have forgotten about seeing with a deep sense of time that’s not just this week or even just our lifetime. We are not the only beings that matter on this earth. The way we perceive is not the only way of perceiving. We need to remind ourselves of the story of how we are guardians of the earth. We do not have to choose a Hollywood style dystopian nightmare.
We can choose wiser ways of living. We can remember to listen to the heartbeat of the earth. We have done all this before.
“If we are to make the shift from an industrial growth society to a life-sustaining society there are three spheres of action.
Holding actions. These activities include all the political, legislative, and legal work required to reduce the destruction, as well as direct actions-blockades, boycotts, civil disobedience, and other forms of refusal. Work of this kind buys time.
Creation of structural alternatives, the new way of doing things and organising. New ways of growing food, of measuring prosperity, new forms of education.
But these new structures cannot take root and survive unless they are deeply rooted in our values; in our belief in what is worthwhile; in our assumptions about the nature of reality. You can call this a shift in consciousness.“
The Longer Story
Intertwining threads have travelled with me throughout my life.
I have always created, as long as I can remember. The urge to create is as normal to me as breathing.
My time is often happily spent ‘on my own’ with plants and animals and in unpeopled places. My head is full of ideas.
Like many of us, especially as kids, I have the distinct feeling that the way the world is run is ‘off’. From my youngest days I felt the way we treat our natural home is wrong and what we are doing cannot continue. Though I did not expect this to come to a head in my lifetime.
The ‘North Star’ for my life has intuitively always been to make the world a better place. A deeply felt guiding principle. Will this help the earth and her beings, or will it help more destruction? Which paradigm will you feed?
I was thoroughly discouraged from pursuing fine art.
So, I detoured into various forms of helpful commercial art (not the advertising industry
). For over a decade, I worked in large cities in Australia and the UK before coming to the conclusion that there had to be more to life than this.
Hello tree change, hello slow lifestyle, a great step in the right direction. I moved back to Australia to a rural town, got to know my neighbours, got involved in the community, found a dog and started a garden.
After the death of someone close to me, the abstract idea that ‘this is not a dress rehearsal’ finally felt real. I started to face that pesky question that had been nagging at me for years, “what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
Art. And make the world a better place. Of course.
Fiona Morgan is an Australian painter, writer, activist and seed saver, known for her uncanny ability to distill and convey the life essence of her subjects, often plants, creatures, and places.
Based in Bellingen NSW Australia, on Gumbaynggirr land, Morgan’s work is fed by a deeply felt sense that we are on the wrong path with how we live on the earth and that we can change our direction. Her art is influenced by the connection (or lack thereof!) between people and nature – our ‘environment’, our home; it is a call to remembering other ways.
“Slowing down, paying attention to what can’t be seen with the eyes, and connection with nature is at the heart of how I create my artworks. Each piece is created in a meditative state. A dive into the sea of our unconscious. A meeting of inner worlds. The process of drawing or painting is the conversation with who needs to be heard. And the resulting artwork exudes this meditative quality, the connection with the essence that created it. I paint with my heart, as well as my eyes.”
Fiona donates a percentage of her time to climate action, environmental and wildlife causes.
Why ‘Where Fish Sing’?
The name arrived in a dream, in answer to a question I posed.
When setting up online, it makes sense to be able be found. In looking at my name, I discovered that ‘Fiona Morgan’ isn’t particularly unique. There were two Fiona Morgan’s with the same birthdate in my town. I know this as we both attended the same GP. It made appointments rather delicate while they established which one I was. Online there were three Fiona Morgan artists in my nearest city. A Canadian photojournalist named Fiona Morgan dominated the first five pages of Google search results. It was blatantly obvious I would need another name to be found.
I asked my subconscious, my intuition, to send me a name in a dream that night.
Something that would capture the spirit of the art I was yet to create.
In the morning, I woke with the answer.