Words, Words, Words by Abi Fraser

Words, Words, Words is a commentary on modern day activism. As time runs out on climate change, we dedicate our days to a war of words - believing and disbelieving. But what are we actually doing? Are we making a difference? Or have words become more important than action?

"The world's leading climate scientists have warned there is [less than] a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people," warns the United Nations.

This countdown is represented by 11 lines of blue hashtags fighting to protect our planet from the consequences of mass consumerism. The 13 lines of red/black hashtags are words from the deniers. The people who believe it's "not my problem," that we've always had "fluctuations in weather," that climate change is "a hoax perpetuated by politicians wanting to raise taxes". 

As the red deepens to burnt charcoal, it signifies the decay of our world. Irreversible and absolute. Each hand-painted, slightly imperfect letter represents the human behind the hashtag.

All words. No action.


Words, Words, Words acrylic on canvas (92cmx122cm) by Abi Fraser is on display at Future Present Exhibition at Luna Studios Nov 27 - Dec 11, 2020.