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50 paintings, 50 species, one art book, and 50 stories of hope and loss in a changing climate
50 paintings, 50 species, one art book, and 50 stories of hope and loss in a changing climate
65 backers pledged $5,170 to help bring this project to life.

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We are all in this together is an environmental art project about how climate change exacerbates biodiversity loss around the world. It is about making science accessible to a wider audience and raising awareness about global extinction rates. It is a call for climate action to protect biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. At its heart We are all in this together is about empowering the public with accurate information so that together we can protect our beautiful planet.  

Proposed project display sketch
Proposed project display sketch

Artist Statement

I am an environmental artist. I am dedicated to creating a more sustainable and resilient future, in which humans give and care for the earth as much as, or more than, we take and flourish from it. I am an artist because I was born one. I am an environmental activist because climate change and environmental degradation are the most far-reaching, crucial, contemporary challenge we face today. Much of my art focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural environment, climate change, environmental destruction, and science. I am inspired by the power, beauty, dynamism and fragility of the natural world; powerful and passionate artists and art of all kinds; and the strong and determined individuals and organizations actively building a better future for us all. 

5 pilot paintings of We are all in this together
5 pilot paintings of We are all in this together

The Nuts and Bolts 

We are all in this together evolved out of my previous work and it is already sparking ideas for new projects. The project was conceived six months ago. I painted five pilot paintings, seen in the video and above, to see what they looked like and how viewers received them. In an art show I displayed three of them and sold two. So I know that I am onto something! 

After seeing the first five, I decided to paint all 50 pieces in We are all in this together on different shades of red. This is similar to what I did in Invasive/Endangered, shown below. Red, the color of caution, will grab the attention of the viewer and stress the importance of the subject matter. 

Each painting, which is 12” x 16”, appears small by itself, similar to how each species is like one puzzle piece in a jigsaw puzzle that is an ecosystem. Together the canvases create a whole, much larger and complex than the individual alone. When hung together, the pieces will be physically connected to each other by a thread, emphasizing the importance of interdependence in nature. 

Each painting and accompanying stories will require a significant amount of research. I will choose the species carefully, and tell their story fully and succinctly. The write-up will include basic information about each species, such as where they live, what they eat, and how they fit into their specific ecosystem. The text will also include information on how climate change is specifically affecting them and what, if anything, is being done to save them. All the write-ups will be created from reputable scientific sources. 

When the project is done, I will create an art book to accompany the exhibit and project. The book will include all the images and their corresponding stories so that the viewer can learn more about each species. 

Why this topic? 

Just in case there is any doubt, biodiversity loss has negative implications on human health and well-being. Biodiversity means the variation of life on the molecular, species, and ecosystem levels. When we lose variety we weaken our food systems, we might lose valuable cures for disease, and because of the importance of connections between species, when we lose one it often has profound and cascading effects on the ecosystem that in turn affects us in unpredictable ways. Climate change is the global challenge of our generation. Let’s actively work to maintain and improve our healthy planet for all of our future. 

Invasive/Endangered 2011
Invasive/Endangered 2011

Kickstart my art career!  

As a recent masters graduate, I feel more than ready and eager to get my career rolling. This project is a large undertaking and I believe in it wholeheartedly. I will not slow down and I will not fail. Art is my passion, and my hope for this project is that it will help get my name out into the art world and start me on the path of gallery shows, community projects, and consistent paid work. Please help me continue making environmental art that educates and raises awareness about our beautiful planet!

Where the money goes

Materials (Canvases, paint, mediums, hooks, wire, string etc.) 

Time (Help pay the studio bills so the heat and lights stay on!) 

Shipping rewards (I want to ship you your custom painting!) 

Transportation (Help get these to the show in DC next year. These are not meant to stay in the attic.) 

*$5,000 is the minimum that I need to complete this project with 50 canvases. If I get full funding the goal is to finish the project by May 2014, which will require 30 hours a week dedicated to this! If I get funded above my minimum goal, I will make this project bigger and better….maybe even double the amount of paintings and double the project’s impact!

Thank you!

Thank you for visiting! Please tell everyone you know about this project and donate what you can. Every little bit really makes all the difference in the world! Share on social media and tell your environmentally conscious friends, the hippies, the artists, your politicians, and even the oil guys, because they should know too!

Risks and challenges

After the challenge of raising enough money to meet my goal, things should move smoothly. Since this is not a collaborative project, there is only indirect reliance on anyone but myself. Since I am determined to finish the project, I have no doubt that it will get done.

To meet my proposed deadline of May 2014, I will have to put in a LOT of hours between now and then, so if something comes up, I might not finish the entire project by May. The goal is also to hang this work in the group show in Washington DC in 2014, but I am not certain that there will be enough wall space to display the entire body of work. So this challenge would be to find a solo exhibit opportunity to show the entire project at one time in addition to the group show. This is more of the next step rather than a challenge, but also good to keep in mind. It would also be fun to take the work to multiple cities...!

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