Thursday, January 6, 2011
Cassie The Caulker: An Eco-Syndicalist Icon
nefac.net. "For those curious about the imagery, this poster is inspired by Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter", except it's "Cassie the Caulker" as an eco-syndicalist anarchist. Rockwell's original was itself inspired by the painting of the prophet Isaiah from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Rockwell originally cribbed from and Isaiah's prophecy of looking away from The Deluge to Mary and the birth of Jesus. With Cassie, that's a shortened version of Cassandra. Cassandra was the Prophetess of Troy's downfall; and the environmental movement is often regarded as having a "Cassandra Complex" of accurately prophesizing doom which all others ignore. Our Cassie, however, instead of just preaching is taking action into her own hands. She's "armed" with the caulk gun! Thus theory is transformed into action and self-activity. A bit of DO-IT-YOURSELF as part of WE CAN DO IT!"