• monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 x 6 1/2 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)

     

    Earth Matters Eco Art -- Exploring Environmental Issues

     

    I feel a calling to express my concern and use my art as an aesthetic vehicle for helping to raise awareness of environmental red flags. I have chosen to use solvent free water-soluble media to highlight a diverse range of environmental issues including global warming, threatened biodiversity, forest destruction, mountain top removal, and light and noise pollution.

     

    Media

    The preliminary drawing is mounted on a beveled masonite panel. I coat a thin sheet of transparent mylar with gum Arabic and place it on top of the masonite support panel. Always working to music, I develop my painting on the mylar. I soak Lanaquarelle paper in water for about 10 minutes and blot it “kiss” dry. The paper is then placed on top of the mylar and the masonite panel. Then the plate is printed on an etching press, yielding one print.  This series of monotypes is a varied of edition limited to 6 prints. Since the plate must be completely repainted each print is unique. The masonite panels and the mylar will be recycled to create new artwork.

    Adelie Penguins by Marian Osher ©2007
    430,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 x 6 1/2 (image), 14 x 11 (frame) 

    Baby Harp Seal by Marian Osher ©2007
    448,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame) 

    Bottlenose Dolphins by Marian Osher ©2007
    464,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)  
    Hawksbill Sea Turtle by Marian Osher ©2007
    454,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 x 6 1/2 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)
    Northern Leopard Frog by Marian Osher ©2007
    454,600
  • monotype, var.ed of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)
    Polar Bear by Marian Osher ©2007
    459,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 x 6 1/2 (image), 14 x 11 (frame) 

    Panamanian Gold Frogs by Marian Osher ©2007
    433,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    11 x 15 (image), 16 x 20 (frame)
    Survivors by Marian Osher ©2007
    824,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    17 x 23 1/2 (image), 22 x 28 (frame)
    Endangered Ocean by Marian Osher ©2007
    809,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    20 x 20 (image), 26 x 26 (frame)
    Global Warning by Marian Osher ©2007
    602,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)
    Scars by Marian Osher ©2007
    444,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)
    Lost Mountain by Marian Osher ©2007
    456,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)
    Clearcut by Marian Osher ©2007
    448,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    22 x 16 1/2 (image), 28 x 22 (frame)
    Natural Forest by Marian Osher ©2007
    464,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    22 x 16 1/2 (image), 28 x 22 (frame)
    Natural Fire by Marian Osher ©2007
    452,600
  • monotype, var.ed of 6
    22 x 16 1/2 (image), 28 x 22 (frame)
    Regeneration by Marian Osher ©2007
    448,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)
    Personal Tree by Marian Osher ©2007
    456,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)
    Tree Friend by Marian Osher ©2007
    459,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    9 1/2 x 7 (image), 14 x 11 (frame)
    Tree of Light by Marian Osher ©2007
    464,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6
    23 x 17 (image), 28 x 22 (frame)
    Assault on Inner Silence by Marian Osher ©2007
    468,600
  • monotype, var.ed. of 6

    17 x 23 1/2 (image), 22 x 28 (frame)

    Twinkle by Marian Osher ©2007
    832,600
  • Earth Matters Eco Art -- Exploring Environmental Issues

     

    I feel a calling to express my concern and use my art as an aesthetic vehicle for helping to raise awareness of environmental red flags. I have chosen to use solvent free water-soluble media to highlight a diverse range of environmental issues including global warming, threatened biodiversity, forest destruction, mountain top removal, and light and noise pollution.

     

    A news article, “Warming Tied to Extinction of Frog Species” by Juliet Eilperin, (Washington Post, January 12, 2006) and five years of activism with the Buffalo Field Campaign motivated me to expand my knowledge about environmental issues. 

    Other news articles, books, exploration on the web, attending lectures, and volunteering at an animal rights conference in Washington, DC broadened my education and deepened my commitment.  In particular, I would like to mention Frogs – A Chorus of Colors by John and Deborah Behler, The Empty Ocean by Richard Ellis, The Wildfire Reader edited by George Wuerthner, Clearcut – The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry edited by Bill Duvall, An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, Silence by Christina Feldman, Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall, and Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin.

     

    Logging roads and clearcut scar our forests. Mountaintops are flattened for mining, clearcutting and development. Over-zealous forest fire suppression interferes with nature’s way of thinning forests to prevent the buildup of fuel loads that lead to raging destructive crown fires. The clearing and removal of the remaining tree snags left after a forest fire reduces habitat for forest creatures and slows down the regeneration of the forest.

     

    Baby harp seals are killed in large number for their coats. Yellowstone buffalo are denied adequate habitat because of pressure from the cattle industry. Global warming and loss of habitat threatens the future survival of Polar bears, penguins, walruses, sea turtles, frogs and toads.

     

    Deep sea trawling indiscriminately destroys the coral and plants on the bottom of the ocean.  Large nets and long-line fishing are rapidly reducing the dwindling population of fish. Birds, sea turtles, dolphins, porpoises and other fish are the victims and discards of bycatch.

     

    Our inner silence is bombarded by the sounds of traffic, cell-phones, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, airplanes, boom boxes, and the sounds of never ending construction. It is sometimes difficult to hear the birds, or to have a quiet moment outside of our own homes. Light pollution dims our view of thousands of stars, and affects the health and welfare of plants, animals and people. The very existence of our earth and all of its creatures is threatened by global warming. 

     

    Educated awareness and passionate concern, combined with group and individual actions are the pathways to preserving life on this planet. It is my hope that my environmental art (eco art) will deepen the viewer’s personal connection with the importance of living in harmony with non-human creatures and the natural resources of our only earth.

     

    Media

    The preliminary drawing is mounted on a beveled masonite panel. I coat a thin sheet of transparent mylar with gum Arabic and place it on top of the masonite support panel. Always working to music, I develop my painting on the mylar. I soak Lanaquarelle paper in water for about 10 minutes and blot it “kiss” dry. The paper is then placed on top of the mylar and the masonite panel. Then the plate is printed on an etching press, yielding one print.  This series of monotypes is a varied of edition limited to 6 prints. Since the plate must be completely repainted each print is unique. The masonite panels and the mylar will be recycled to create new artwork.

    Artist's Statement About Eco Art - Earth Matters by Marian Osher ©2007
    661,909
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