THE GARDEN IS THE ONLY WAY THROUGH

Elilou

2020

The Garden is The Only Way Through is a powerfully emotive work, showing how we can accept change and flourish despite adversity. It is clear that climate change is happening now and we must adapt and change already. Elilou reminds us this is not something to fear, but a place to grow and return to the beauty of the ever-changing garden.

Elilou shows us, “it's imperative that we allow ourselves the space to be vulnerable in our imperfections, then and only then can we embrace our strengths. There is always time to grow, Mother Nature does it all the time and we must follow in her footsteps if we want to make this world a better place.”

Learning through and intimately with nature, will allow us to heal each other even in difficult times now and ahead.

About the artist

Hello! I’m Elilou, I am a Brooklyn based black creative with a love for the unusual. Creating with my hands has always been a meditative form of expression for me. So, in a sense, my artwork is a sneak peek into how my mind operates.

How does this piece express intersectionality?

Written by Elilou:

“As a black creative, I realized early on in my artistic ventures that painting (like many other mediums) shapes how we view the world and ourselves. I wanted to portray blackness and black beauty in my work. Socioeconomic and environmental woes have always impacted my community in immensely deleterious ways. I knew that it was important to showcase our beauty despite our struggle and to demonstrate that no matter how thick the garden gets, how hard the pain becomes to bear, we can always grow.”

How can you act?

Learn more about how we can learn from nature to look after ourselves and stay connected through difficult times.

Acknowledge your own privilege, endeavour to make your climate activism intersectional

Take time to explore the outside, read this beautiful poem celebrating beauty in a time of crisis.

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