Are You Wearing Gold? … « The forest is bleeding, I can feel it in my heart. »

Barbara Crane Navarro

Photo: Ricardo Stuckert « Brazilian Indians series »

«The gold miners pour more poison mercury on the earth than the weight of the gold they take away. They are like living dead, covered in golden mud.»

– cacique Raoni Metuktire

Photo: Gold mining destruction in the Amazon Rainforest
“The gold miners are destroying the forest” – drawing on paper: Anaomi Yanomami

Gold mining and the indiscriminate use of mercury to ferret out gold are turning swaths of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems into a nightmarish moonscape!


As much as 75% of the gold extracted each year is used for jewelry, watches and other vain and futile status symbols sold byCartierand other corporations in the luxury industry as well as discount retailers worldwide.

Tens of thousands of rainforest trees must be uprooted, hundreds of tons of soil mined and mixed with dozens of tons of toxic environmental pollutants…

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About Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

I'm a French artist living near Paris. From 1968 to 1973 I studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, then at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California, for my BFA. My work for many decades has been informed and inspired by time spent with indigenous communities. Various study trips devoted to the exploration of techniques and natural pigments took me originally to the Dogon of Mali, West Africa, and subsequently to Yanomami communities in Venezuela and Brazil. Over many years, during the winters, I studied the techniques of traditional Bogolan painting. Hand woven fabric is dyed with boiled bark from the Wolo tree or crushed leaves from other trees, then painted with mud from the Niger river which oxidizes in contact with the dye. Through the Dogon and the Yanomami, my interest in the multiplicity of techniques and supports for aesthetic expression influenced my artistic practice. The voyages to the Amazon Rainforest have informed several series of paintings created while living among the Yanomami. The support used is roughly woven canvas prepared with acrylic medium then textured with a mixture of sand from the river bank and lava. This supple canvas is then rolled and transported on expeditions into the forest. They are then painted using a mixture of acrylic colors and Achiote and Genipap, the vegetal pigments used by the Yanomami for their ritual body paintings and on practical and shamanic implements. My concern for the ongoing devastation of the Amazon Rainforest has inspired my films and installation projects. Since 2005, I've created a perfomance and film project - Fire Sculpture - to bring urgent attention to Rainforest issues. To protest against the continuing destruction, I've publicly set fire to my totemic sculptures. These burning sculptures symbolize the degradation of nature and the annihilation of indigenous cultures that depend on the forest for their survival.
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7 Responses to Are You Wearing Gold? … « The forest is bleeding, I can feel it in my heart. »

  1. Por Yla says:

    Respeitar as diversidades, é muito importante. Todos somos irmãos em Cristo.

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  2. Por Yla says:

    Me surpreende tamanha beleza do povo e sua cultura.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. anitaannabel says:

    This is so bad😩
    Our natural vegetation are wonderfully exploited😩
    We need to do something about this❤
    Glad people still care about the earth🤝🏼

    Liked by 1 person

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