Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Eco Art

Artists are obviously influenced by the changes around them and I've been really interested in pieces that are expressions of artists' feelings about climate change. The picture above is one of my bleakest visions of the future (usually I try to hope that we will somehow muddle our way out of this). I made it just a couple days before I ran into these eco art pieces (via TreeHugger), which I find fascinating.

Mud Graffiti by Jesse Graves

According to TreeHugger:
Jesse Graves has been running around Milwaukee stenciling his artistic messages of eco-sanity on sidewalks, walls, and concrete pylons. But lucky for his lungs and his criminal record, he's doing it with mud instead of paint. Graves, who signs his work MSR (mud stencils rule), writes: "I use mud or earth because it is a fundamental life-giving substance, logical for my messages. Mud stencils are an evolving medium, intended for art and social justice, not corporate advertisement."
Visit Graves' website to find out how to make your own!

Climate Change Watercolors by Jamie Hewlett (aka Gorillaz Animator)

The following images are on sale (with others) from Oxfam, the nonprofit with which Jamie Hewlett went to Bangladesh to see the effects of climate change first hand.

"This shows the kids up in the trees, which for many of them is the safest place to go during the floods – gathering some food rations to keep them going and climbing up, staying there for as long as they can."

"This is one of the stacks that we saw which shows how the villagers store their crops. It’s built up on a platform so the water doesn’t wash it away. It’s attached to an old tree and on top of the mound they have netting which is fastened so it all stays intact."

"This is the river erosion, showing how the bank has almost been sliced away."

All quotes above are from Hewlett. According to TreeHugger:

Oxfam has been active in the area for years working with the people to help them learn how to prepare for floods and monsoons. They raise their homes up on a clay base to protect them from the flood waters. They store food and firewood on platforms above their beds to keep them dry.

Hewlett was very moved by his experience of spending a week in the town with the townspeople. The paintings, all in sepia tones, are very delicate and show a realism unlike his usual animation style. He says:

"Char Atra is such an idyllic place and it's horrific to think of it being simply washed away, devastating the community. I wanted my paintings to be optimistic as well as realistic and I wanted to show what a beautiful place it is. I hope by concentrating on the people and their every day lives that I have given people here in Britain something they can relate to."
He was particularly impressed by the children and their strength and resiliency.

The purchase of any of these images will go towards raising money for Oxfam.

Related posts:
Climate Change Art Destroys All Humans
Photographic Philanthropy: Blue Earth Alliance
Pika's On Pike's Peak

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1 comment:

Jessica said...

This post is awesome! Who would have thought...Grafitti with mud! Sweeeeeeeeeeet! LOL