My intention with what I’ve been working on in the studio is to subtly protests consumption by creating new work from waste that was likely destined for landfill. Using salvaged textiles to articulate environmental damage is relevant as the textile industry’s impact on the environment (water pollution, use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of waste) is motivation when using textiles as a medium.
Ecological artist Ruth Wallen offers examples in her research on how, through ecologically engaged art, dialogue is generated and can inform ‘environmental value systems’, ‘ecological ethics’, ‘global justice’ and ‘ecological responsibility’.Likewise, ecotheological activist Michael S. Hogue argues that it is aesthetic experience that can engender a moral sense of nature. He declares a responsibility of artists to respond to the environmental crisis using images, stories and symbols, reshaping human perception, to give voice to ‘mute things’.
Ruth Wallen, Ecological Art: A Call for Visionary Intervention in a Time of Crisis, (Leonardo Volume 45, Issue 3 2012), 234-242 Michael S. Hogue, ‘The Art of Ecological Responsibility’, American Journal of Theology & Philosophy, Vol. 31, No. 2 (May 2010), pp. 136-146