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.
Our earth has become awash in plastics, pesticides, agricultural runoff, consumerism, global warming, air pollutants, and numerous other attacks on its ability to sustain life. This group of international artists have come together to open up these issues for discussion and change.
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Environmental Artist Group
When thousands of fish died in Lake Erie in 2014, I began investigating water damage in local waterways, the Great Lakes and the Pacific Gyre. What I learned in my research appalled me so much that I became an environmental artist. I stopped working in oil paints and am now producing handmade paper art tinged with a great deal of irony, little water waste and using primarily biodegradable and repurposed materials.
Beibei and Leilei Chen are Chinese identical twins who work collaboratively on all of their art. No one knows where one artist work stops and the other one's starts. The Chens live and study art in the United States. Their artwork is heavily influenced by Chinese culture, aesthetics, and philosophy. They engage with environmental and cultural issues through ceramics and painting.
Yiwang Wang is a Chinese citizen who teaches painting at Fujian Normal University. She creates impressionistic paintings that focuses on the dangers of bee extinction, which could end human existence.
Never underestimate what a small group of committed environmental artists can do to educate, advocate, and change behavior.
Sandra Hansen, curator
My work often reflects on anthropological ideas as it relates to cultural identity and how it impacts our environment as a biosphere. Based on my personal experience of living in three distinct countries of Japan, Samoa and the United States, my work analyzes how communities approach and interact with our environment in different ways.