Do you have concerns about the environment? Do you wonder what you can do to help?
I know I do but I am not an Agronomist, or Biologist, or Ecologist. What I am is a concerned artist and what can an artist do?
This is what I know.
Art Heals . Art Teaches . Art Informs . Art Enriches . Art Creates Change
But how can art change the world?
I'm on a mission to find out and you can help!
I'm going west on a journey of discovery.
I will go armed with a camera, video recorder, laptop, and an inquiring mind.
I will follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark.
I will explore The Confluence Project created with artist Maya Lin.
I will explore and discover what Environmental Art is and what it can do to precipitate hope for the future.
I will compile all I gather and create a show, a book, and DVD featuring the viewpoints of artists, environmentalists, and volunteers involved in the project as well as my interpretations and ART.
It will be amazing!!!
"Through art and place, the Confluence Project strives
to increase awareness of how we treat each other and the Earth, with a strong,
positive emphasis on envisioning the future–for the next seven generations and
beyond. We draw on the emotional power of art as a catalyst to inspire the
future preservation of our cultural and natural resources." ~Maya Lin
I didn't write that but it sounds an awful lot like what I
strive for. It was all I needed to know what my project would be.
- So far I have contacted the Board of Directors for
the Confluence Project and they have agreed to help me organize meeting with
team members, artists and project coordinators for interviews and tours.
- Before leaving I will
continue to contact relevant people and more places of interest to visit. I
will contact additional artists and environmental conservationists in the area
for interviews and opinions on how art and environmental conservation and
restoration can work together.
I am planning a 10
day adventure during which I plan
to do the following.
- I will travel from Sacajawea State Park at the
confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers to Cape Disappointment State Park
at the mouth of the Columbia River at the Pacific Ocean.
- I will stop at all the Confluence Project sites
regardless of completion and document my observations in photos, video, audio
as well as written word and drawings in a journal Lewis & Clark style.
- In addition to the arranged interviews I hope to
conduct impromptu interviews with those I meet in my travels. I will hug strangers and exchange emails with them. I will take pictures of everything and everyone.
Upon my return the serious work will begin. I anticipate
being ready to present my findings by fall of 2011 but never having done this
kind of work I may be off. It is my intention to do the following, but again
that may change somewhat in ways I can’t anticipate. It is an adventure after
- I will create multimedia DVD compiled of my
findings and featuring my art and photography with contributed music and other
elements not yet imagined.
- I will create an e Book of similar contents and
with luck publish a book as well. The DVDs contents will be formatted as a
teaching tool, but could be used as a presentation accompanying a show as well.
- I will create a show of my show of my work that
stands alone or in combination with the above.
My goal in all of this is to create a beautiful body of art
work as I learn how we can use art to raise awareness and action on behalf of
the planet. I will be working to further define what environmental art is and
what it can do. I am imaging
the point of confluence where art merges with environmental restoration.
I see this as the starting point for many new projects for myself and other artists. I want to bring back what I learn and inspire environmental art projects in my community and elsewhere on the east coast, as well as approach educational institutions and environmental programs about using this work for public awareness. This is only a the first step in what I see as really big work.
So what exactly am I asking you to fund?
- I will use funds to cover my travel expenses and
lodging while in Washington and Oregon, as well as supplies and equipment
needed for the trip and proper documentation of the sites. Additional funding
will go toward the creation of the DVD eBbook and showing of prints from the
trip. I will create a limited edition of fine art prints for sale with profits
going back into the project and beyond that to the funding of environmental
restoration in my area. It is my hope
that future projects will arise out of this and ideally installations in the
spirit of Confluence Project may occur. If I raise enough money I may buy a Sacajawea action figure to travel with me :-)
To learn more about me and my art work please check my website and blog at http://www.gwynmichael