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A&E.A Inquiry Response #3

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Curt Stinson (curt)
Sun, 23 Nov 1997 16:21:03 -0700

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Following is my response to the inquiry question, "How do artists
identify and act to resolve local and global ecological issues through
their artwork?" posted in Conversations about Teaching Contemporary
Ecological Art on the ArtsEdNet website.

First, I think the artisit identifies an issue that they feel is
important to them when deciding to use their artwork to resolve local
and global ecological issues. It is a personal choice and with their
artistic talents, they are fortunate to make the community aware through
their artwork. For example, for Mary Sheridan, it was getting the
community involved with the Pickerington wetlands project; for Ron
Hirschi, it is making the community aware of important environmental
issues through the use of childrens' books; and for Lynne Hull it is
making the community aware of endangered life cycles by creating
sculpture installations as wildlife habitats.

There are so many existing ecological issues that artists can identify
in their artwork: recycling, natural habitats, Native American sites,
and much, much more. I believe it is the choice of the artist to
identify the issue they personally believe is most important to them,
and, most importantly, they make the community aware and get them
involved in the various ecological concerns through their artwork.

Susan Stinson

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