Top Page-Section features a selection of my concept designs and finished projects. Each Title links to a separate page with more images and a short project description. [Concept designs for public art are only initial ideas to begin a conversation with partners.]
Bottom Page-Section reveals how my training and past art-making (in printmaking, crafts, wearable art, mixed-media art, kinetic art, interactive art, environmental projects, and biophilia art), influence the style and functionality of my engagement strategies.
The process of making my first Climate Hat helped me learn about climate change science, its vast interconnected issues, and shattering impacts.
This Climate Change EmergencyCap was inspired by the sentiments of the brave young climate activist, Greta Thunberg, who speaks truth-to-power and activated a global climate youth movement of millions.
Instead of the body-language and loud voices of street marchers, Climate Troubadours are silent, wear uniforms with big/dramatic Climate Hats, and use flash-cards to create an “opening” for thoughtful conversations.
Concept sketch for an indoor, interactive, multi-media installation experience designed to help shift public perceptions of their relationship to nature, its power, and our dependency on it for our “life-support” systems.
Teens become armatures and “listening-boards” of portable, temporary, “living sculptures” for city parks. After attracting people, teens ask “visitors” how they feel about climate change — the best way to begin a conversation.
Developed so individuals can wear visual climate change stories, thus efficiently taking climate action by side-stepping “cultural gatekeepers,” at a low cost, and with indeterminate frequency. They might surprise you walking slowly along Main Street or in city parks.
Covid-19 prevented my Climate Jumpers from making-it onto Main Streets or into city parks, so I re-envisioned this one as a graphic image for an outdoor activities’ ad campaign — Covid made them even more desirable!
The local, national, and international community is invited to submit images and poetic, one-liner texts about the wind for an intriguing digital display in which the wind also powers the artwork.
This community crafts workshop enlists fisher Elders on Small Island Nations to share TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) with participating “makers,” and ends with a new performative ritual celebrating endangered ocean species.
Repurposing My Past
My previous artworks and projects, including art-sci exhibitions designed/organized/and co-produced for ASCI (Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.) and mostly held at the New York Hall of Science, fall into the distinct visual art categories below:
For a while, my mother was an amateur landscape painter and my surroundings living in NYC, after years in Vermont/NH, have crept into my art. Experiencing nature on forested dog walks, riding my bicycle cautiously on city streets, or waiting for a subway train, all allow time for observation.
NYC is a 24/7 kinetic world! Experiencing George Rhoads’ audio-kinetic sculpture, 42nd Street Ballroom, showed me the power of movement and change in art. This led to designing kinetic art exhibitions and creating a large-scale aquatic sculpture with a solar-powered light system.
I learned a lot from watching children at NYC’s hands-on museums, which led me to designing and leading “maker” workshops with teens and families. Both informed my later museum commissions utilizing public interactivity.
Having a heartfelt purpose and exposure to the work of exceptional artists via my work with ASCI, enabled my design intuition for producing environmental projects and exhibitions.
Sometimes when I watch a docu-film about atrocities to animals (since they cannot speak for themselves), I feel compelled to express myself artistically, rather than keep my sadness and outrage inside!