Monday, April 6, 2009

Worm - A Story about the Environment

Worm, The Story©

The precarious state of the earth soon became evident to the worm as it tried repeatedly to tunnel through an unrecognized dark mass which had been buried just below the surface.

Unable to break through, it turned its attention upwards.

Soon it found itself in the hot, glaring sun. As it felt the drying effects of the sun's rays it struggled to reach a small puddle that gleamed in the bright light.

The worm had to overcome what must have seemed like an insurmountable number of obstacles.

There were twigs and stones and many objects the worm had never seen before. There was a large rock and the trunk of a tree that was recently felled. There was even an anthill which the worm was determined to avoid.

It never occurred to the worm to give up the journey.

And when at last the destination was reached, the worm, slightering with the satisfaction of a job well done, soon suffered no more as the black oil which had dripped onto the driveway envelopped it and sealed its fate.

The End


I chose the royalty-free music for this video at: PacDv Free Sound Effects ( )

This is the latest storybox book. I began with a trinket box that I picked up for 25 cents at a second hand shop. I painted it burnt sienna, then added crackle finish and a raw umber contrast. The storybox books are helping me recycle lithographs and photo etchings I did while a student in a four year visual arts program. These prints, of which there are many, are going to supply my backgrounds for many projects to come. All my work generally has some form of social or environmental statement, be it in the subject or in recycling the materials used to create.

1 comment:

Karin said...

Poor worm! This is great - I love the look of your piece and the recycling of old work. The story has a very serious and important message, the music a solemn appropriate feel, yet I still couldn't help laughing a little at worm's demise! Cruel, I confess. The other day after p/t I *rescued* a worm from trampling on the sidewalk after a rain storm, as walkers by shook their heads at the nutso woman bending and scooping the slithering worm and tossing it back into the dirt. Mission accomplished, I turned and saw there were probably 40 more making their way across the parking lot.
Once again we are in a bizarre sync Sonia! This time linked by worms :)

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