Who didn’t believe in better living through chemistry?
Post war Americans were eager to live out the dreams depicted in the color drenched ads that ran in all the magazines. Our romance with novelty blossomed as the world of plastics and chemicals was beginning to be revealed to the nation’s wondering eyes with each new miracle was awaited with bated breath.
It was expected that as natural resources became depleted synthetics would be ready to take over.
Our pride in technology extended to the kitchen and the food chemists were wizards of altering emulating and improving upon Mother nature
Providing an artificial cornucopia to pour forth abundant substitutes for any shortage was a notion that made concern for conservation irrelevant to the promise of tomorrow.
We came to regard new products as the prime indicators of progress with little regard to consequences to our health or the environment.
My silent spring childhood memories would be chemically infused.
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This work will be on view in October 2015 at The Nave Annex Gallery, Sommerville, MA as part of the exhibit “Visaural: Sight, Sound & Action