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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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Performative Ecologies at ecoartspace

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Performative Ecologies examines the role of ritual for artists working in and with the natural world. The exhibition includes video documentation and artifacts resulting from performative works by eleven women artists dating from 1971 to 2019. These artists have sought to experience fields of ecological consciousness in both urban and rural spaces, primarily for themselves, although through documentation they share their experiences with others.