ART 407 - Advanced Problems in Art explored ways in which the climate crisis can be addressed through art and design. The course was conducted in a seminar/studio format. There were course readings and discussions about the impacts of climate change on fragile ecosystems, and each student developed artwork with an agency for expressing complex human-environment interactions and relationships. This special topics class was taught by Professor Jan Piribeck. (Image Above, animation still from Arctic Dream, by Jan Piribeck.)
Samantha used multimedia mediums to embody the different avenues of climate change activism. Her work reflects this playing on a variety of senses, achieved by using effects that require all the senses to be involved. Imbedded in the image below is a QR animation that links to a video loop. The video was shot in Old Orchard beach. The sound was collected from the original video as well as a soundbytes from lake shore waves and a heartbeat sample from free online sourcing. The QR animation was hand drawn in adobe animator. She used adobe software: audition for sound editing, animator for the animation, and premiere for looping and layering sound and video together. Click Here to read Samantha Comeau's complete project statement.
Image Above: QR Animation, Feel Where You Are, by Samantha Comeau
Delany focused her project on the ecosystem within her yard. Consciously thinking about her impact on the environment she made her own paper from recycles materials and silk screen printed the images of the flowers she grew, or wild flowers she found. She doesn’t believe her work can effect change in a large way, but if it changes the way one person thinks of the cycle of nature, and effects change in someone else, then her work has served its purpose. Click Here to read Deleaney Fone's complete project statement.
Image Above: SunFlower, silkcreen prints by Delaney Fone, printed on two different papers made from differnt recycled materials.
Linsey’s work is a self-portrait, printed in both color and black and white, then dyed with various fruits and vegetables. The self-portrait, in itself, is a depiction of her connection to the melting ice caps in the arctic. Her emotional connection to nature stands within the photograph itself, but it has been taken to another level through the implementation of the natural dyes, acting as a connection with the Earth and what it provides for us. Click Here to read Lindsey Bosk's complete project statement.
Image Above: Melting, Trio by Lindsey Bosk, three 9" X 11" B&W Digital Prints exposed to vegetable dyes: (left to right: undyed, orange and carrot dye, radish dye.)
Image Above: Melting, Trio by Lindsey Bosk, three 9" X 11" Color Digital Prints exposed to vegetable dyes: (left to right: undyed, orange and carrot dye, radish dye.)
Image Above: Synthesis, Digital Photograph by Lindsey Bosk