Environmental issues are important to me, they have influenced my choice of job, my lifestyle, my way of thinking. These issues are starting to make an appearance in my art work and I suspect will feature more and more as time goes by.
So, the question I propose to answer with my critical essay is “Can artists have an influence in tackling environmental issues?”, or “Can art and environmental issues be combined in an effective way?”
The artists I propose to look at in this regard are:
Common Ground – Dorset-based arts and environmental charity – currently have an exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, enabling some primary research – https://www.commonground.org.uk/
Laney Birkhead – A printmaker who has combined her love of beekeeping and concerns about bee decline with her artwork in producing ‘Swarm’ – http://www.laneybirkhead.com/Swarm-Printmaking-Project – I was involved in the latest exhibition of this work, so can include primary research from this
John Sabraw – creates paint from iron oxide extracted from polluted streams – http://www.johnsabraw.com/
Giuseppe Penone – currently exhibiting at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, enabling some primary research
This list will grow to start with and then be narrowed down to three for the essay.