One Water three years later

I’m excited to share this article from Amber Smith, Education Program Manager at LOTT’s WET Science Center, about One Water: The Infinite Journey. As we gear up to present a Plankton Painting and Science workshop this week, it’s fun to look back on this past collaboration and hear Amber’s perspective on the project. One Water is installed  at the WET Science Center, where its story is shared as part of their education programs.

Thank you Amber!

 

What comes to mind when you think of a wastewater treatment plant? I would bet it’s not a LEED Platinum rated building housing a science center and award-winning education programs. Continue reading “One Water three years later”

Design Collaboration: Less Waste, More Food

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At the beginning of March, I kicked off the Less Waste, More Food Art in Action Project with 4 design workshops, involving 100 students, at Salish Middle School and North Thurston High School. In these workshops, I presented about the problems of wasting food. In the US we waste 40% of the food we grow! This wasted food has huge social and environmental impacts, including: Continue reading “Design Collaboration: Less Waste, More Food”

Artist Statement

I recently updated my artist statement for a proposal and thought I would share! 

My artworks explore the interface between participant, viewer, and subject, resulting in immersive works that compel change. They are process oriented, drawing from relevant environmental and social issues. The finished artworks themselves are multi-layered, pulling the viewer in. The underlying collaboration and community participation is Art in Action. Continue reading “Artist Statement”

Welcome to the Unknown: Design Collaboration

It is exciting, and a little scary, to embark on this collaborative art-venture with the Thurston County Food Bank. There are so many unknowns.

I know that it will result in a permanent exterior art installation and involve over 1,000 people along the way.

I do not know what materials the art will be made of, what it will look like, or even whether it will be a mural or a sculpture! Continue reading “Welcome to the Unknown: Design Collaboration”

I am thrilled to share this news!

Announcement! Announcement! Announcement!
Dear clients, friends, and supporters,

I am thrilled to share this news with you: I was chosen to lead a groundbreaking project for the Thurston County Food Bank, as their Artist in Residence! This would not have been possible without the support of so many amazing people.
Continue reading “I am thrilled to share this news!”

Adventures in Ferrocement featuring the Pollinator Project

One of the wonderful aspects of the Pollinator Project was learning a new art medium, ferrocement. Ferrocement is essentially concrete mortar over a metal armature. Using a metal armature and mesh makes the concrete much stronger, allowing shapes and forms that would be impossible with concrete alone. Continue reading “Adventures in Ferrocement featuring the Pollinator Project”

The Pollinator Extravaganza!

Collaborator and teacher extraordinaire, Quasar Surprise shared the below summary about the culmination of the Pollinator Project. This collaboration resulted in a beautiful cut-flower garden, teaching garden, permanent sculpture with beneficial insect habitat, and so much more! She shared more back story in this newsletter from the summer. 

 

Continue reading “The Pollinator Extravaganza!”

One Water: The Infinite Journey

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This spring, I partnered with LOTT Clean Water Alliance to create an engaging and educational art piece about water for the WET Science Center. I teamed up with LOTT and more than 1,200 Thurston County students and adults to create the new piece titled “One Water – The Infinite Journey” that debuted as part of Spring Arts Walk on April 22 at LOTT’s WET Science Center. The result of this project is not just an art installation; it is a story of water. Continue reading “One Water: The Infinite Journey”

Project Wetlands

Project Wetlands

Located in the wetlands exhibit area at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, this installation creates the illusion of being inside of a wetland while interpreting the important function of wetlands and the necessity to limit the use of plastic bottles. Visitors are immersed in this beautiful and solution-based piece in a setting where they can view and connect to the animals that are affected by this issue. The experience leaves them more open to taking tangible action to conserve wetlands and reduce their use of plastic bottles.

Dimensions: 10’X6’X12’

Medium: Upcycled plastic bottles, dyed water, steel rod.

Installation Date: August 2015

Collaborators: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and park visitors.

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Project Wetlands

Puget Sound Multi-Porpoise Project

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As part of my Artist Residency at Sherman Elementary School, in Tacoma, we created this Student Collaborative Art Project. During the project, students created hundreds of shimmering Pacific herring from up-cycled Capri-sun pouches. The school of herring is suspended in the shape of two harbor porpoises. Stabilized by student created clay shells that are native to the region, this artwork looks closely at the relationship of plastics and how we impact the earth.

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