Born in Canberra, Australia, Bonnie McArthur travels between Australian sustainable communities to film her short film series: 'The Reality: Shorts Films Exploring Sustainable Alternative Lifestyle Options and Free Community Living', with the purpose of designing a conserver system that nurtures the growth of the people and planet where our current system fails.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art from The Australian National University in 2013, McArthur uses her oil portraiture business to fund her travels between sustainable communities, having worked as a portrait artist since the age of 21.
McArthur recently lived for 2 years, by cause of principles, in a small bus to demonstrate this lifestyle choice as a viable, alternative model of living, based on minimalist consumption and the subsequent rewards of few possessions and travel, challenging our current dependence on money, a tool now glorified.
McArthur began her journey around Australia with the aim to promote minimalism and self sufficiency by documenting currently existing sustainability-based community models and life choices, prior to designing a conserver system network that seeks to; preserve our global natural environment; inhibit the decline of non-renewable resources; liberate man from convenience age dependency and prioritise additional occupational choice and personal fulfilment, which is so often sacrificed in the pursuit of the means to merely afford our base necessities and survive.
Providing an alternative evidence-based lifestyle option shown through the window of film and media, McArthur works toward developing an answer to the hazards posed by unsustainable consumerism which threatens human society and our fragile ecological equilibrium.
'The necessaries of life for man in this climate
may, accurately enough,
be distributed under the several heads of
Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel;
for not till we have secured these are
we prepared to entertain the true problems of life
with freedom and a prospect of success.
But when a man is warmed what does he want next?
Surely not more warmth of the same kind,
as more and richer food, larger and more splendid houses,
finer and more abundant clothing, more numerous, incessant, and hotter fires, and the like.
When he has obtained those things which are necessary to life, there is another alternative than to obtain the superfluities;
and that is, to adventure on life now,
his vacation from humbler toil having commenced.'
- Henry David Thoreau, 'Walden'.
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The oil paintings that helped fund my travels: