Mandy Coppes-Martin Tragedy of the Commons 2016 Madagascan Silk, meranti wood and paper thread. 140x100x100 cm. Learn more about Mandy Coppes-Martin's work here
I am interested in exploring the
contradictions, paradoxes and the fragility
of our relationship with the natural world.
I am interested in material and how it exists within the natural world, but also how it relates and interacts with society –what its uses are and how it has changed or shaped the past. Together with my interest in the natural world and our relationship with it, the “Material” I work with then becomes all-encompassing. The thin ethereal nature of my work represents the delicate space that we, as humans, find ourselves in: the space that exists between denial and the inability to react, and that of acceptance and the ability to take responsibility. The transparency of my work, and the shadows that fall from the images complete and solidify the relationship that exists between the work, its environment and the viewer.Read more
Lisa Lebofsky Petzval Glacier, 2011, oil paint on aluminum, 40x64 inches, © Lisa Lebofsky
Included in Environmental Impact
The human relationship with nature is complex. We strive to find ways to protect ourselves from its humbling power, yet we yearn to surround ourselves with it. Nature is a respite from our technologically burdened lives – from beach oases to soaring mountaintop vistas. We enjoy its bounty of shorelines and woodlands, create havens in parks and personal gardens, and take countless photos of sunsets and waterfalls. At the same time, we pollute it, burn it, defile it, and eradicate it. Through action or inaction, we are all complicit in some way.Read more
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT is a traveling museum exhibition the purpose of which is
1.) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who chose to focus their work on global as well as local environmental issues; and
2.) to heighten public awareness and concern about the degradation of diverse environments through the power of art.
Traditional art generally depicts nature in all of its glory, often in beautiful, pristine conditions. The 75 paintings, photographs, prints, installations, and sculptures in ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT are different than traditional works of art because they deal with ominous environmental issues and implications ranging from industrial scale resource consumption and development, to oil spills, the perils of nuclear energy, global warming, and many other phenomenon that impact and inflict people and other inhabitants which populate the planet today. To produce ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, Curator David Wagner draws upon a diverse range of artists whose works are not only hard-hitting, but which also propel the Environmental Movement in the modern age we live in.
A life-long outdoor person, I have watched a warming climate become increasingly evident in my Pacific Northwest home: familiar glaciers melt away and favorite hikes pass through many more burned-over sections. That the climate was changing was apparent to backcountry travelers long before it was a frequent news item.
All over the American West, fires expose newly visible topography. With black trunks, red needles and ash meadows, evergreen colors are inverted. These devastated areas are disturbing, dramatic and oddly compelling. The remains of forest fires are a source of both anxiety and peculiar beauty.
Emerging composed and performed by Pamela Jane Gerrand
Produced by Mark Lalama
Video Produced by Julie Krull
Featuring "Love Lives Here"
To participate, go to http://www.LoveLivesHere.today and register.
Co-Creative Partner: GOOD of the WHOLE