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The Earth Issue 002: IMPACT – a collaborative effort by The Earth Issue and Archive Collective.

Our second issue unpacks two forms of “impact”: both the positive and negative traces left by humanity on its natural environment in the context of the anthropocene, and the possibilities for environmentalist impact at the conjunction of art and activism.

As media consumption becomes increasingly fragmented, divisive, and delivered in indigestible portions of scrolling, statistics, news and op-eds, the simple act of switching off and pulling back from public discourse presents itself as an attractive alternative to the political fray. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from our interviews with artists and ecologists while putting together this issue, it’s this: the most effective breed of environmentalism starts at home, so to speak, in cultivating a personal philosophy centered around applied ecology and purpose-driven, conscious engagement with one’s environment.

There is something starkly mythical encased in the clandestine landscapes of the Arctic. For many of us, it’s a barren territory of snow; conceivable, though farthest away from our reach. Many of us could go through our entire lives not having an inkling of what’s out there in the vast white area at the bottom of the world map. But for some, remote landscapes are a revered source of inspiration.

Kit Porter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of the South in 2005. In addition to creating her own art, she has held positions in various sectors of the fine art world locally and internationally. She has had a lifelong relationship to the coastal environment, combing beaches around the world during her travels, paying particular attention to the beaches she has lived near in Southeastern North Carolina, the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the Northeast of Scotland, and in Houston, Texas where she currently resides. 

Through a personally developed abstract language, this body of work explores beauty and destruction of the coastal environment as experienced from a distance, and up close. Utilizing the aerial perspective for composition and memory, abstract landscape paintings of the coastal environment portray distance and disconnection from the environment. Materials found within the coastal environment including aluminum, cloth, rope, wood and of course plastic, are assembled to explore the up close experience of a coastal environment littered with marine debris. By removing oneself from the coastal environment, by seeing it from above, what is the experience? By immersing oneself in the coastal environment, what is the experience? These paintings whether up close and personal, or distant and removed, reflect the artist's emotional response to the beauty and simultaneous destruction of the coastal landscape. 


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Beric Henderson has an extensive background in both art and science. He received a PhD in 1990 (University of Sydney) and spent 25 years studying the molecular biology of human disease in Australia, Switzerland and Cambridge (UK). As an artist he has been consistently exhibiting and publishing his work since 2003 and moved into art full time in 2016. He has exhibited frequently with 13 solo and 50 group shows since 2003 and his artwork has been shortlisted for numerous art prizes (twice for the London International Creative Competition). He contributed to two
exhibitions held in Seoul, South Korea. Henderson has won some art prizes, presented artist talks at different institutions, and had his art published in international magazines and books and most recently a vinyl record cover for US electronic group Trees Speak. His nature-inspired artworks are held in institutional collections including the New Norcia Religious Art Collection (Western Australia) and Westmead Public Hospital (Sydney).

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 Ocean Contemporary is an ongoing research and exhibition project founded by the art initiative  art objective  and their curators Katja Vedder and Dr. Ana Karaminova  In collaboration with the CineMare Int’l Ocean Film Festival Germany they are inviting artists for the third time to present their ocean themed art short films as part of the film festival.  The aim of the project is to stimulate contemplation on and responsibility for our oceans through the medium of contemporary art. By shaping the visual dialogue artists create new perspectives on global topics, open room for dialogue as well as communicating universal values concerning our Blue Planet.

Ocean Contemporary is an ongoing research and exhibition project founded by the art initiative art objective and their curators Katja Vedder and Dr. Ana Karaminova

In collaboration with the CineMare Int’l Ocean Film Festival Germany they are inviting artists for the third time to present their ocean themed art short films as part of the film festival.

The aim of the project is to stimulate contemplation on and responsibility for our oceans through the medium of contemporary art. By shaping the visual dialogue artists create new perspectives on global topics, open room for dialogue as well as communicating universal values concerning our Blue Planet.