DEAR MOTHER NATURE: Nature Defiled
shows the destruction of the environment juxtaposed to its beauty with emphasis on the abolition of life in our soil, the earth’s living cover, the biosphere or the skin of the earth. Soil erosion has become a most serious environmental concern. Soil, the oceans, rivers and skies are the foundation of our lives and we know we cannot exist in their absence. These selection of works were first shown in March 24, 2015 at the Mills Gallery, Lubbers Center for Visual Arts, Central College, Pella, Iowa. The overall theme and the exhibiting artists for three Solo exhibitions were suggested by Linda Weintraub author of several books on art including “TO LIFE! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet”.
This installation in my exhibition entitled Offerings to Nature is an invitation to the viewer to participate in a celebration of NATURE and to thank her for giving us life by offering her a gift and leave it in one of the small bowl, gifts that are biodegradable, such as flowers, leaves, sweets or even a note or a poem that tells the innermost wishes and dreams of the viewer as well as other items wrapped in paper.
The inspiration for this project comes from a Peruvian tradition. Peruvian honor the Earth every year in a special Earth Ceremony by bringing her gifts that then get burned to become one with the soil.
On the closing on April 14th, 2015 of my exhibition Dear Mother Nature: Defiled in Pella,Iowa, the gallery director Mathew Kelly and I gathered the gifts to Mother Nature left by gallery visitors to be burned in a short closing ceremony.
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