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What is environmental/eco-art?
The word ‘environmental’ has as many shades of meaning as does the concept of ‘art’, and both can provoke lively debate. The concept ‘environment’ encompasses a wide range of ideas, from landscapes to homes we inhabit, from ambience to recycled toilet paper!
‘Environmental art’ and ‘eco art’ (short for ecological) are terms used to refer to a profusion of diverse art forms that use nature or environmental concerns as their inspiration, tools and materials. This can include ‘ecoventions’- transforming a piece of derelict land into a beautiful space, earthworks such as amphitheatres, art in nature and land art.
Powwow Eco Arts believe:
that eco art, whatever medium the artist chooses to work in, should have an activist agenda, creating images, that engage and provoke reflection and stimulate discussion on issues of sustainability.
that the process and journey of the art project should be educational and raise awareness of environmental issues
that more collaboration and creative working can influence policy in terms of local and national environmental and sustainability issues.
Eco arts can play a key role in the regeneration of our communities and our advance towards a more sustainable society. Eco art helps us to develop an appreciation of nature and the issues that threaten our world, and it can stimulate political as well as individual action.
The purpose of this directory is three-fold:
to discover what artistic work is being done in environmental realms
to provide a platform to open up further debate on eco arts
to stimulate artists and the public to consider eco arts and work together on creative projects that will change the way we think and relate to the world.
All of the artists in this directory are motivated by the desire to restore natural environments, raise appreciation of nature and to educate about the natural environment and the issues surrounding its continued survival.
In this directory, we have chosen to allow you, the reader to form your own opinions about the work it includes, and how each entry qualifies as ‘eco art’. To this end, with each entry we have included the artist’s own statements on why they consider themselves to be environmental artists.
We hope you enjoy this directory and look forward to your feedback. We aim to further develop the discussion around eco art in subsequent editions of the directory, other publications and conferences, and through the ongoing work of Powwow Eco Arts.