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I wrote these sentences in January 2020: What would you take with you if you had to pack up and leave at a moment's notice? The term "go-bag," derived from prepper culture, evokes the usual suspects of extra ammunition, nonperishable rations, and first-aid materials. But what if your go-bag was filled with art and materials to make it?

I had no idea where we would have ended up: myself sheltered in place with only lo-fi art materials at arms length. Although the state we are living in is temporary, there will certainly be significant long term societal shifts. For most Americans, the largest source of wealth, if they happen to have any, is their home. But what happens when the future is uncertain and long-term investments in real estate begin to look much less attractive? What does the future look like when generations of people are unsure if that future will include a habitable planet? Greta Thunberg speaking before the United Nations put it best: "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words." With humanity shifting our thinking for a changing planet, what kinds of shifts do artists need to make in their practice? My work is changing as I have been socially isolating due to the pandemic. I have since been answering my own question and creating new works

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Artwork by Gabriel Richardson - Restored French Easel
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Restored French Easel, re-purposed as carrying case for a suite of prints, “Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty”. 12 1/2" x 19" x 4 7/8". 2020.
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Artwork by Gabriel Richardson - Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty
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Suite of prints, “Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty”. Hand printed laser cut woodblock on Agawami Mulberry paper, mounted on Hahnemüle Copperplate. Image: 10 1/4” x 11” 3/4”, Overall: 10 3/4” x 12 1/4”. Variable edition of 12. 2020.
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Artwork by Gabriel Richardson - Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty
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Suite of prints, “Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty”. Hand printed laser cut woodblock on Agawami Mulberry paper, mounted on Hahnemüle Copperplate. Image: 10 1/4” x 11” 3/4”, Overall: 10 3/4” x 12 1/4”. Variable edition of 12. 2020.
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Artwork by Gabriel Richardson - Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty
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Suite of prints, “Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty”. Hand printed laser cut woodblock on Agawami Mulberry paper, mounted on Hahnemüle Copperplate. Image: 10 1/4” x 11” 3/4”, Overall: 10 3/4” x 12 1/4”. Variable edition of 12. 2020.
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Artwork by Gabriel Richardson - Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty
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Suite of prints, “Art in the Age of Environmental Uncertainty”. Hand printed laser cut woodblock on Agawami Mulberry paper, mounted on Hahnemüle Copperplate. Image: 10 1/4” x 11” 3/4”, Overall: 10 3/4” x 12 1/4”. Variable edition of 12. 2020.