I am drawn to things that represent a clean line to the pulse of nature: gnat swarms, shifting and pulsing a on a summer evening... the sound of ice cracking under morning sunshine... .the fluid roar of a million aspen leaves bending to a gust of wind.
Situations occur in which I'm acting as a sampler of material, an assayer, compiler, or comparer. Often I wind up touching my ancient heritage as a human animal... foraging for color, collecting emotion.
I strive for the child's perception in which all things become both referential and reverential. I try to strip away the everyday contexts - the cliché's of "beautiful nature", and reveal components that are overlooked- the visual mechanisms of creation. In this regard, science is referenced in my practice. I seek ways to supplement or extend the connections implied by scientific discoveries.
Obviously, science can only be a part of our perception, and so my work also takes on aspects of Animism, Buddhism, Shinto. Natural geometries often occur in my work, implying both structured nature and human invention.
Along these lines, I believe there is a creative awareness that runs through human culture, thought, and expression. The expression of this force is not limited solely to our species. Elephants draw it, orca sing it, and bower birds sculpt it.
A broad field of interdisciplinary arts practice, distinguished from Land Art and Environmental Art by its specific focus on world sensitive ideologies and methodologies. EcoART practice seeks to Restore, Protect and Preserve the world for its own sake, and to mediate human/world relations to this end.
-UNESCO, Vancourver report (Beth Carruthers)
A virtual culture is upon us. Science alters our perception of the world dramatically by creating an remarkable ease of living, a fantasy so compelling it distracts us from the world under our feet, which is as primal and brutal as it ever was.
It is as much a stretch to say that Eco-art can save us from the perils of the machine as it is a cliche' to say that technology will create a Matrix-like hell. Most likely, many people will continue find nature as vast, beautiful, and fascinating as they ever have.
Yet the hand of humanity is becoming heavier. The weight of our numbers drags on the ecosphere. Fewer and fewer people control more, destroy more. Such careless, concentrated might is the ultimate, intoxicating distraction. We are happily captivated by our vanity, largely unaware that our very footsteps depend of the constant spin of the earth, the breath of trees.
Eco-art exists primarily to remind us of our animal root. Manifesting in ways that range from shamanistic ritual to technological triage, the genre rests uncomfortably in the world of markets and galleries.
Eco-art insists upon attention to the real. It demands recognition of a core needs that humanity shares with all life- air, water, food, freedom. This insistence antidotes the delusional concentration of human power by cutting away the gloss of our self-importance. But it's a very weak and limited vaccine. Alone, it cannot cure. Eco-art must be joined with grassroots activism in which it provides a grounding visual & philosophical ideal, inspiring and fueling the drive for change.