Jetsonorama: “Four Meditations on a Changing Climate” in Nevada

“Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth.” —Winona LaDuke

Street Artist Jetsonorama is concerned about what we are doing to our sources of power in his new photography-based work called “Four Meditations on a Changing Climate” that he completed at the Elko festival in Elko, Nevada.

Jetsonorama. Art Spot Elko. Elko, Nevada. (photo © Jetsonorama)

“The first image is a portrait of 2 shrubs that were scorched recently in a brush fire near my home,” he tells us. “The second image is a collage of seagulls and fish bones on the beach of the Salton Sea.” A theme of dessication begins to emerge as you go from sepia panel to panel.  

Jetsonorama. Art Spot Elko. Elko, Nevada. (photo © Jetsonorama)

“The third image comes from a show I did last spring with Lakota artist
Cannupa Hanska Luger,” he says. “He created costumes (for which his mom, Kathy Whitman, did the beadwork on the masks), representing warrior twins in the Lakota tradition. They are called ‘The One Who Checks’ and ‘The One Who Balances.’ In this image, appalled by the havoc we’re wreaking upon the planet, they’ve returned to Earth.”

Finally the Earth, the source of power. If you look to this image to examine
our relation to it, we’re in trouble.