Visual arts and ecology have been an integral part of my life since childhood. I recognized the transformative power of art when I began sculpting during an extended stay in the hospital. Later my driftwood sculptures were inspired as a collaboration with nature while I was tree planting and living in the wilderness. Now, my artistic practice has evolved to embrace public art and the creation of works of art that enrich our common spaces. By incorporating living plant systems into artwork, the medium becomes the message. Through repurposing post consumer material I engage the urban landscape and raise awareness about our environmental impact.
I feel that sculpture can interconnect the realms of art, science, nature and humanity. Nature gently reclaims technology; the landscape is integrated with the art, and the art with the land.
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Why should ecology influence artwork? What is the message in the medium? How can environmental artwork integrate technology? Where can we go from here?
These are intriguing factors to consider when we look at environmental art and it’s context. Once I worked with driftwood and stone. Now I live where plastic bottles are the driftwood of the urban environment. There is a need to integrate ecology and technology and art is an engaging way of exploring this possibility. From plants to plastics, hybrid forms can interconnect our minds with environment.