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Sharing Creativity with Eco-Conscious Lovers of Art

Ivana Damien George

Photo and Mixed Media Eco-Art

 

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art by somerville artist Ivana Damien  George titled  Sustain Series: Purple Abundance In August
Sustain Series: Purple Abundance In August Epson archival pigment ink giclee print 14" X 21"
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2021 Events

Artist's Statement

 

At my studio I will be sharing limited edition prints and unique artworks from my Glacial Waters, Sustain, and Otherworldly Visions series. In these bodies of work, I invite viewers to consider environmental changes and conservation through powerful natural imagery. I have captured some of this imagery through my travels to glaciers for Glacial Waters, in which I convey the fragility of natural systems and limited availability of water resources. In Sustain, I convey the immediate positive impact available from growing one’s own food by posing with and photographing the food in my own vegetable garden. In Otherworldly Visions, I use infrared photography to create visually arresting images of nature to inspire in viewers the reverence I feel for mother Earth. 

In Glacial Waters, I use a glass vessel of water as a lens to photograph through. These photographs were taken at Glacier National Park in Montana and in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca, where I have encapsulated and reflected the glacial scenes using a glass vessel of water. The water vessel held in the images serves as a visual metaphor for the precious water resources held in the receding glacier, increasingly threatened by a changing climate. In addition, the use of the globe form of the vessel is meant to convey a visual association with the round form of mother Earth, and the glass itself suggests the fragility of the planetary ecosystem.

In Sustain, I take photographs in my organic backyard vegetable garden, which is important to me because of its positive environmental impact. Growing food in your own garden is something you can take part in now to reduce your carbon emissions by reducing transport of food, and organic growing benefits pollinators. Using bright colors, as well as with lighting and posing, I invoke feelings of sensual expression, immediacy, and enjoyment of the food I grow using this sustainable practice.

In Otherworldly Visions, using infrared light invisible to the human eye I photograph the beautiful landscapes I visit while hiking, kayaking, biking, and rock climbing. Because of art’s power to express ideas and feelings in ways that words cannot, I believe that the ideal role for artists in contemporary society is to make our address is the key social and environmental issues of their time. That’s why I photograph the stunning beauty of Earth’s precious ecosystems. I hope to inspire appreciation of these ecosystems and action to live more harmoniously with them. 

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