Monday, December 9, 2013

Justice - Mid-Century Style

Here's a reading that was commissioned last week.  This is an example of those times when the images don't provide an immediate answer but once you start really looking, analyzing and listing, in a matter-of-fact way, what is being represented, then some relationships start to emerge. Here's is how my thoughts went as I looked at these...

First are small fake creatures in front of a drawn landscape. So they are all representations of an experienced reality, not reality itself. In which case, justice is a phenomena that is part of the natural world. Or, we could note that they are all man-made and that would mean that justice is something completely constructed by Man. What else - I do notice that all three of these are lit by flash, not natural light.  Which would be another point for the fake, unnatural column. Or could mean nothing at all. Does it matter that all the animals are iron? Hmmm.

The second is the cool-o radiation monitor.  It is a man-made device, constructed to measure danger, to measure radiation.  you could say that justice is a measurement of danger to society. Again, it is a man-made system that relates to naturally occurring phenomena. 

Third is the toy nurse kit.  Nursing is about healing, making one feel better, nurturing.  Justice can been seen as a way to heal.  Do you think it matters that the kit is a toy? Could the concept of justice be pretend - that is, there is no such thing as real justice?

I also notice that all of these were shot full-frontal, straight-on, the subject is positioned in the center (balanced). You can think of justice as looking at situations directly, looking for balance in situations.

What is justice?

1 comment:

Beth Lilly said...

The caller emailed me this interesting info:
"my husband, who died from leukemia, found out he had been exposed to high levels of radiation back when he was working his way through school. He was doing research, literally out in a field, with a small college in Washington State, downwind from a nuclear weapons plant.

I don't know how many people realized there was a danger from that plant then, but by the time my husband was dying, there was a lot of evidence coming out about it and a newsletter was sent out to people from the area who might have been affected. When I saw the newsletter, I had the great idea that we could contact the other students working there at that time, to see if they had experienced any of the same symptoms, and see if they have found any better treatments.

I should have known my husband had already tried that. He was a medical doctor, and he'd already been through every conventional cancer treatment known at the time. I'll always remember his quiet reservation, the sadness I saw on his face before he answered. The other students, the professor in charge, everyone working on that project, had already died.

We had a chance to join a class action suit with others affected by the radiation. ...My husband had been given a few weeks to a few months to live. We just wanted to spend time together, as long as we could. We'd just been approved for social security disability income, so we could get by, with some help. The lawsuit wouldn't change what had happened. It wouldn't reveal something that wasn't already known by then, we figured. They already know they did something wrong. We worried if ewe got into it, it would take away from the time and energy we had for each other."