Environmental historians J. R. McNeill and Peter Engelke outline the Anthropocene as a new era in the history of the Earth in which geologists and evolutionary scientists suggest humans are responsible for negatively impacting on global ecologies. The authors analyse the anthropocentric position of expanding consumption that comes at the expense of the natural world. They also outline the unsustainability of industrial capitalism, and emphasise the illusion that solutions to present environmental problems can be found within a system that created these problems. I draw on the term Anthropocene to frame the thinking from an ecological perspective where capitalist society has become disconnected from its place as interdependent with the natural world. While not necessarily positioned as aligned with all the elements of the Anthropocene, responses are made as an artist using recycled and salvaged materials to intervene in and consider the production, consumption and waste cycle. Indigo operates as an organic matter, or “nature”, loaded with physical, cultural and visual meanings.
J. R. McNeill and Peter Engelke, The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945 (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014); John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York, The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s Waron the Earth(New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010); Timothy Morton, Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence(New York: Columbia University Press, 2016).Foster, Clark, and York, eds. The Ecological Rift The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth.(New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010).