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“In the Beginning There Was Only Water,” by Joan Sullivan

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Delighted to share the wonderful review of my current solo exhibition, “In the Beginning There Was Only Water,” by Joan Sullivan in the international blog, Artists and Climate Change. The exhibition is up until Dec. 19 at the Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT. Three more weeks to see it! 

I will be giving a Zoom Artist’s Talk on Friday, December 3 at 6:00 pm. Go to the gallery website at to register.


Think About Water Exhibition Review

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Thinking About Water on World Water Day

Susan Hoffman Fishman

Think About Water (TAW) is a collective of 28 international eco-artists and activists whose work addresses global water issues. The organization scheduled its first exhibition, also called “Think About Water,” to open on March 22, in commemoration of World Water Day. Originating in 1993, World Water Day celebrates water, calls attention to the 2.2 billion people around the world without access to clean water, and urges individuals to become engaged in efforts to combat the global water crisis. Similarly, the goal of TAW and its member artists is to “interpret, celebrate, and defend water.”

Read the full review at Artists and Climate Change


Think about Water 2021 Exhibition

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This exhibition, also titled Think About Water (TAW), is the first group show of the collective, presented in virtual space through an interactive VR gallery and curated by TAW member Doug Fogelson. It took place from March 21st—June 21st, 2021 is a collective of ecological artists and activists who join together to interpret, celebrate, and defend water. Created by Fredericka Foster in early 2020, the website features a talented selection of artists, writers, and activists, as well as pertinent news and actions on various water issues.

Water Questions

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Susan Hoffman Fishman, Doug Fogelson, Linda Troeller, Sant Khalsa, Meridel Rubenstein, Rosalyn Driscoll, Aviva Rahmani, Stacy Levy, and Fredericka Foster each ask several questions about water. This was presented at the ecoartspace conference on July 22, 2021, I Am Water. Director, Doug Fogelson

The Written Image: Ice Receding/Books Reseeding

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The Written Image: Ice Receding/Books Reseeding


by Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, Associate Editor, Poets & Writers, Inc.

March/April 2020

Artist Basia Irland’s ongoing project Ice Receding/Books Reseeding gives new meaning to the phrase “living text.” Since 2007, Irland, who lives in Albuquerque and founded the Art and Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico, has created more than two hundred “Ice Books” from the frozen waters of rivers all over the world, each embedded with seeds. The sculpted books are intentionally ephemeral; their melting represents an act of renewal as the books disperse their seeds—and a reminder of the ice being lost daily in the arctic.

To make an Ice Book, Irland collects river water, then freezes and carves it. She embeds each book with seeds of native species, such as mountain maple and wild fennel, the “ecological language” that make up the book’s text. Collaboration with local communities is integral to Irland’s process; area botanists and other scientists lend expertise, but important too are the chefs who offer walk-in freezers for the creation and storage of the largest tomes, as some weigh upwards of 250 pounds. Together with these and other collaborators, Irland launches a book by returning it to its riverbank, often with a toast to the river’s health: “May you flow, and may you always flow clean.” As the book melts, the river’s current carries the seeds downstream to repopulate its banks with plants that will in turn curb erosion, support pollination, and sequester carbon. Irland hopes the books allow people to “understand on a deeper level the necessity of working together cooperatively to come to the assistance of bodies of water around the world.” As she says, “The rivers of the world need all the reverence and protection we can provide.”

(Photo by: Eduardo Fandiño)

Panel Discussion: Climate Crisis – Flooding

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Please join us to hear artists/activists Stacy Levy and Eve Mosher
discuss this pressing issue with moderator Diane Burko
Friday, Nov. 6th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Eve Mosher
Eve Mosher creates interactive public projects that investigate the human condition in relationship to the world in which we live. In early 2006, she began producing large-scale projects that occur in public space and engaged the audience directly regarding specific urban issues. Her work utilizes art and performance to increase knowledge and understanding around environmental and social issues.
Stacy Levy
Stacy Levy’s  projects are designed to allow a site within the built environment to tell its ecological story to the people that inhabit it. As a sculptor, her interest in the natural world rests both in art and science. She uses art as a vehicle for translating the patterns and processes of the natural world. “In my practice, I search for sites that provide the opportunity to make visible some of the forces at work on the site. With my interest in watersheds, tides, growth and erosion, I make projects that show how nature functions in an urban setting.”
Diane Burko
Diane Burko is an artist who focuses on monumental geological phenomenon. Since 2006 her practice has been at the intersection of art, science and the environment, devoted to the urgent issues of climate change.
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