WEAD East IWomen and the EnvironmentApril 5 - May 3, 2006
Michele BrodyJackie BrooknerAgnes DenesSilvianna GoldsmithJanice GordonShelley HavenDonna Marxer
The seven women in this exhibition come to us with a story of our relationship to our earth. They have in common a connection to WEAD, the Women Environmental Artists Directory, a publication developed on the West Coast by Jo Hanson and Susan Leibovitz Steinman. Over one hundred women from all over the world are listed in this directory that has become a clearing ground for people concerned with the future of our world.
Last summer I saw an exhibition of West Coast WEAD artists entitled “Ecovisions” at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio in San Francisco; that exhibition was the inspiration for this one. To narrow down the impressively large field of East Coast WEAD artists, I chose only those with an address in Manhattan. Perhaps these two shows are only the beginning of many world-wide WEAD exhibitions.
The stories these women tell through art are some of the deepest human stories, each told differently. The artists all work with earthly materials—stone, paint, seeds, plants, metal, concrete, even dirt—to shape ideas of reverence, revelation, beauty, joy, and sometimes pain. Some work individually, in private studios, engaging in a direct and intimate dialogue with materials and meaning. Others collaborate with groups of engineers, scientists, city planners and politicians on projects that show us how to work with nature instead of against it.
Eco-art has the capacity to reveal the earth as our source of sustenance and joy. It can also help us understand and temper the ever-more overwhelming and destructive human presence on this magnificent blue and green whirling ball that is our home. We are all creative beings, and perhaps our greatest challenge is still before us: to honor this Earth and work in concert with it. If we do so, we can literally make a better world.
Much of our past comes to us not through the word, but through the image. And it may be that our future will come to us the same way: via art.
Michele BrodySheepherder's Lacecopper pipes, polyester lace, grass seeds, water, tank, pump)1994 - 2005Jackie BrooknerThe Gift of Waterbio-sculpture, Grossenhain, Germany, 2001
Untitledcomposted topsoil on paper, 1997
River Röder Floodplain ParkPoster for project proposal, Grossenhain, Germany, 2003
Mother Tongue soil with non-toxic paste binder and wood, 1993Agnes DenesTree Mountain: A Living Time Capsule11,000 Trees - 11,000 People - 400 YearsFinland, 1996Wheatfield: A Confrontationtwo-acre wheat field planted and harvested in lower Manhattan, 1982Silvianna GoldsmithDiptych: Garden GeminiDigital print on canvas from altered photograph, 1999
Canova NymphNovajet print on canvas, 1999
Chrysanthemum Dress (Back) Novajet print on D'Arches watercolor paper from computer-scanned image from slide, 1999
Homage to RousseauDigital print on D'Arches watercolor paper, 1999
Female GenieNovajet print on D'Arches watercolor paper, 1999
Homage to Diego RiveraNovajet print on watercolor paper, 1995Janice GordonThis is the Story mixed media, 1997
Fata Morganamixed media, 1997Shelley HavenPunta Morena Series12 Viscosity-printed etchings, 2003-2004Punta Morena I, Variations 2, 14, 7Punta Morena II, Variations 2, 14, 7Punta Morena III, Variations 2, 14, 7Punta Morena IV, Variations 2, 14, 7
Donna MarxerAlligator Hole oil on paper, 2005My Everglades is Bleeding I oil on canvas, 2005DRY/wet: Palm Island oil on paper, 2005
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