Overqualified: Art vs Life! TITLE BOUT.


To: Human resources, Double Fine Productions
Re: Environmental Art - Designer

I saw your posting for an Environmental Art Designer, and I was intrigued. I thought, what could be the connection between a video game company and the art form to which I have devoted my life? I am including my resume for your review.

I have been involved in the world's largest Environmental Art projects of the last decades, and I am certain that my planning skills, coupled with my ability to direct large scale projects will make me an asset to your company. But for a moment I would like to look beyond my job experience, beyond my technical skills. I would like to talk about why I believe in this lifestyle so strongly. And it is a lifestyle. I would like to talk about why I've devoted my life to environmental art in all its forms.

I was first recruited out of the chemical engineering program at MIT, (with a minor in art history) and I had no idea what was going on. I thought this was a simple art project, melding art and science. Something fun. When I did start to understand the magnitude of what they were planning, I wanted to run. Among our members were dozens of men and women from the highest positions of power in industry and government. And they all seemed bent on the destruction of the environment. It was terrifying.

Each member of the group had their companies emitting large quantities greenhouse gases. These gases sit in our atmosphere and allow less of the sun's radiation to escape back into space. As more radiation is retained, the earth begins to heat up. The climate changes.

I tried to run. I packed my clothes in the middle of the night. But I opened my door, and there stood the man who had recruited me. He sat me down on the couch. We had the talk that changed my life.

Art is a reflection of human nature, he said. It is beautiful, and awful. It is simple, and it is incomprehensible. Art is the process of taking things apart to see how they work, and it is the process of breaking things to remind us how fragile they are. He sat on the edge of my couch, drinking a glass of water, and he said that we were creating an atmosphere that would retain the radiation reflecting off the surface of the earth. We were melting the edges of the ice caps, cooling down the northern seas. We were slowing the Gulf Stream, dramatically changing the way the environment behaved. He grabbed my shoulder and said, Isn't art supposed to move you? Isn't it supposed to shake you by the hair and say "Aren't you afraid?"

He said art isn't just for your benefit, or mine. Art can be a lesson that we leave behind, a horrible warning instead of a shining example. Art, he said, isn't your little paintings and comic books. Art is the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs.

And I looked back on my life, at how empty it was. At how little I had done. This is why I would very much like to work for your company. I want to make a difference. A real difference. I look forward to hearing from you about this position.

Yours,

Joey Comeau