“Game Over” by Tanya Brown
This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
Many Americans, including the current president of the United States, don’t believe in the reality of global climate change. Many polar bears disagree with that conclusion.
Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that he believes global climate change is a myth invented by the Chinese. His administration is currently working hard to dismantle much of the work on climate change enacted by previous administrations. This includes a chilling suppression of information on the topic, reminiscent of the falsification of photos and information during Stalin-era Russia. However, denying reality will not make it go away. It will only make the consequences far more serious.
“Game Over” was inspired by a classic children’s game in which players take turns tapping plastic “ice blocks” out of a frame. The game ends when one of the players “breaks the ice,” sending a polar bear game piece plummeting off its ice floe. The game, with its playing pieces made from the same petroleum we burn as fuel, encapsulates the changes humans are making to the environment.