No ShelterLiz Sibley Fletcher
Fire, flood, drought, disease, and violent storms afflicted so many in 2020. Seemingly natural disasters, these upheavals arise from the climate chaos caused by humanity’s reckless use of natural resources. And the effects on people reveal society’s injustices, hurting most those who use the least resources and are the least protected. I created this figure because it is deeply disturbing that people with the least power are forced to bear the brunt of the manmade/natural disasters that befall earth. Its huddled position is similar to the posture passengers are advised to take when faced with a crash landing. Looking at No Shelter I feel angry that this is happening to people through no fault of their own, and that our society has ignored their situation for so long. And I feel immensely sad that this is likely to continue. Can we resolve to do better?
Since graduating from Massachusetts College of Art in 1970, I’ve worked in clay as a sculptor, potter, and teacher. I’m an exhibiting member of the New England Sculptors Association and the League of NH Craftsmen. I’ve shown my work around New England and as far as Georgia, Texas, and the state of Washington, winning awards at exhibitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
As a figurative sculptor, I’m inspired by life in all its forms, from microscopic to human scale. Motivations for my imagery range from human folly to the beauty and power of nature.
Living in the woods, I became concerned about human impacts on the land. After getting a master’s degree in resource management from Antioch New England, I assisted the Nashua River Watershed Association to protect the rivers of the region. Now my environmental work is mainly local with the Mason Conservation Commission and Mason Energy Commission.
My favorite project was when the Mason Historical Society commissioned me to create the life-size statue of Bode, an enslaved African who was Mason’s first colonial inhabitant. He sits in the center of Mason where he tended cattle alone in the wilderness nearly three centuries ago.