I've made it back from the Galapagos. There was much to learn about while there, and in 3 weeks we covered a lot of ground. Now that the background research is done, there is more painting, sound editing, writing, and drawing to do.
The residents of the Galapagos mainly work in the tourism business, and most of them love where they live. There are signs of change in all of the towns: new houses, schools, and people, stricter environmental access laws, and growing numbers of tourists each year. The aesthetic of "newness" was pervasive throughout the Island towns. I don't mean this in a derogatory way, there is very little that is wasted on the Islands, objects don't have time to gather dust. The alleys are clean, tourist shops sell only modern things (as opposed to say, some of the seedier gift shops around Niagara Falls, where you can find faded throw-back souvenirs from the '60's. That will never happen in the Galapagos). The towns were beautiful and full of their own still-forming character, but I found myself trying to find objects that looked like they had been used, worn in already. Two things in particular caught my eye: handmade child seats for the bicycles, and the plastic bags used in shops away from the tourist areas. Many of you have seen the paintings of the bags already, and with time I will figure out what to do with the rest of this information. It will take me a little while, so please be patient, all of you will get your rewards!
Thank you, I certainly could not have done this without your help, and it has been one of the most worthwhile trips I have ever taken. The opportunity to visit a place that holds such a mythological status in our culture, and is also drastically important in a very real way, is invaluable.
If any of you are interested in browsing through some of the non-project related photos from the trip, please go here: www.katherinemcleod.net/hidden
Time to get to work,