Nikki Baxendale | Barbi Taylor | Kati Lowe | Ruth Becker | Jenna Strouth | Nadia Stieglitz | Maya Stansbury | Raji Salan | Uli Smith | Deborah Kruger | Marika Rosenius | Jaclyn Gordyan | Cissy Spoelstra | Bess French | Stephanie Rosendorf | Gisela A. Lazarte | Khae Haskell | Melody Cassen | Elody Gyekis | Elisabeth Handelsby | Christina Kreitzer | Melanie Schoeniger | Ana Sophia Tristán | Roshni Anand | Alejandra Morales | Kelly Corbett |Aimee Jones
“Biosphere – Art, Animals and Environment ” refers to the variety and abundance of life on Earth. It is considered as one of Earth’s most intricate and crucial features. Existence would be impossible without biological diversity. Biodiversity covers everything from humans to microorganisms and even things we don’t know much about. Biodiversity is not just about endangered or threatened species but also all living things.
We hope to raise awareness through this art call. Because Environmental art is intrinsically tied to both nature and science, on the other hand, art helps us better understand our complex relationship with nature.
Irony, allegory, metaphor, and humor are some of the distinctive techniques available to artists when depicting the world around them.
So, with this call for art, we want to look at how you depict biodiversity via your art, aesthetics, and storytelling.
I’ve had an interest in curating a show with an environmentally-centered theme for some time and was thrilled when Arts to Hearts Project allowed me to bring this idea to life through its global platform. When we launched the call for art, we had no idea how intertwined art, the environment, and activism would become in the following months.
Museums and other cultural institutions around the world have recently become a target for climate change protesters. In a seemingly calculated series of events, activists have thrown soup and mashed potatoes on paintings as well as glued themselves to historical works of art (with most acts not resulting in any permanent damage to the art). The spectacle of media coverage of these incidents has sparked conversations about the environment, but also debates concerning the efficacy of such forms of protest.
Many in the art world have found themselves wondering: is this the best way to incite change (besides stricter security measures at museums) and are there other meaningful ways to protest? I believe the artists curated into Biosphere exemplify the latter. This exhibition brings together over 25 artists for whom the environment plays a central role in their work. Through painting, sculpture, photography, collage, and more, they tackle the question of why is our environment essential in myriad ways. Yet, they also show us why it is so special, a beautiful, timely, and poignant reminder that there is no planet B.
I hope these works inspire you to think, have conversations, and do your part to make an impact. As for which form of protest is more effective – after viewing the show, I’ll let you be the judge.
Alicia Puig, Curator & Owner PxP Contemporary Gallery
A big thank you for the support we have received so far.
I am truly grateful to our beautiful community for making what Arts To Hearts is today.
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Until, we meet again.
Sending my best to you always x
- Charuka Arora, Founder Arts To Hearts Project