Red Sky In Mourning
Red Sky in Mourning 2013
Red Sky in Mourning refers to the mariner’s rhyme “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; Red sky in Morning, sailor’s take warning”
The title is a subtle slight as a warning to climate change. The quote below has always been a favorite, a reminder that we are tied to the sea on a molecular level, and we need to take warning.
“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, our sweat, and in our tears.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
–Pres. John F. Kennedy, Australian Ambassador’s Dinner for
the America’s Cup Crews, September 14, 1962, Newport, RI
Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, Decatur, IL