Sandra Hansen Eco Artist

When Sandra Hansen became an Eco artist in 2014 she fell in love with the magic of creating something translucent from leaves and bark. Handmade paper is completely environmentally sound and can be absolutely gorgeous. Its rich texture and its delicate gauzy effects are completely amazing. Paper has the ability to bring alive the horrendous problems of water pollution simply by putting plastic bags into the pulp. Paper is exceedingly versitile as well and can be used in many multimedia objects and hangings. The beauty of the paper shows us the beauty of each of the objects that we love until they decay into pollution.

Animas means soul.  On August 14, 2015 the EPA accidentally polluted the river. The beautiful blue water was turned yellow. No harm done they say, but no one goes in the water anymore as the rocks are covered in a yellow slime. The painting shows a broken river as the citizens of Durango have lost their trust of the government. The Native Americans were offered a case of plastic coated water (bottled water) and tobacco as a peace offering. The soul of the people was polluted as well. Plastic collected from waterways and byways all over Europe was used in this painting to show the world wide problem of water pollution.

Polyethylene, plastic net

80 x 40 in.


Animas River, Durango