Artist Highlight: Kit Porter

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. 

Artist Highlight: Rithika Merchant

Rithika Merchant (b. 1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons - The New School of Design, New York (2008). Since graduating, she has exhibited her work extensively, including a number of solo exhibitions in India, Spain, Germany, and the United States.

Merchant's works are an exploration of epics and myths across geography. She create mosaics of myths that question received histories that are available to us throughout culture. Derived from an attempt at self discovery and aimed towards solving contemporary strife; created by what we may describe as a conflict of civilizations, which is negated by locating a mythical strain of unanimity.  

Hemlock Hospice: Landscape Ecology, Art, and Design

Hemlock Hospice is a year-long, art-based interpretive trail by David Buckley Borden, Aaron M. Ellison, and their team of interdisciplinary collaborators. This immersive site-specific science- communication project tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) from Asia. Scientists project that the hemlock forests in Massachusetts will functionally disappear by 2025. 

The Hemlock Hospice interpretive trail features 18 site-specific sculptures installed throughout a 200-year-old grove of hemlocks. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests. The project employs a model of landscape stewardship that combines installation art, public programming, and shared cultural experience.

Artist Highlight: Maddy Minnis

Maddy Minnis is a photographer, videographer, and motion designer with a passion for adventure. From being a scholarship athlete in art school to working in tech in a small horse farming village in New Mexico, she thrives among all the absurdities that continually sculpt her life.

Curating the Sea Exhibition

In recent years, exhibitions ranging from major group shows to small solo presentations have
addressed the increasingly urgent issue of ocean ecology. This symposium explores the unique
ways that contemporary exhibition making can contribute to the discourse surrounding the
ecological devastation of the world’s oceans. At a time when the Natural History Museum,
London, has launched a new paradigm of scientific display by installing ‘Hope’, a blue whale
skeleton in its central hall, how does the display of contemporary art correspond and in what ways
might it react differently to these issues?
Interdisciplinary thinking and respect for multispecies ways of being in the world are frequently
positioned as central to understanding and responding to the current environmental crisis.

‘Curating the Sea’ brings together scholars and practitioners to explore the complex relationships
between marine wildlife, ocean ecosystems and human activity, examining how artistic-scientific
collaboration can address these pressing concerns through exhibitions.

Meet the eco-friendly, inclusive activewear brand Girlfriend Collective.

Meet the Girlfriend collective - a Seattle based athleisure startup who have been producing upcycled leggings that are fashionable, flattering and wonderfully sustainable. These  seamless, non bobble leggings fit true to size, are high performance, and remarkably, sustainable. All of Girlfriend Collective’s activewear have been produced from recycled plastic bottles. By plastic bottles, Girlfriend Collective have forged a partnership with the recycling facility in Taiwan to responsibly source, and ensure that 100% post consumer PET plastic bottles are turned into the high performance polyester used in their range. 

“After a bunch of science stuff with names like “polymerization” you get a soft yarn that is not only recycled but is not dependent on petroleum for processing and has diverted bottles from the landfill.”

KLIMA Open Call by La Peluquería

The consequences of climate change in our lives at short, mid and long term make it one of the most important issues we have to face as a society. It is urgent that the population becomes educated about the problem to generate public debate that eventually leads to local and central governments to adopt measures that crucially combat climate change. With only a short while before we go beyond a point of no return, temperature will rise resulting in a complete melting of Greenland’s ice and therefore causing the sea level raise 12 meters. The effects on the lives of species on Earth will be devastating. 

KLIMA is an Open Call for visual artists, organized by La Peluquería, which aims to promote the public debate about climate change, its causes and consequences. The call is open for any person without any sort of distinction. Artworks of any sort may be submitted taking into account the limits  of the exhibition space until May the 31st 2018.

A review of G.F. Smith's recycled paper 'Extract'

We use 4,861 disposable cups per minute in the UK. That equates to 7 million cups used in one day. Averaging out as 2.5 billion cups thrown away every year. To try and find ways to tackle this, British paper-maker G.F. Smith have released their recycled paper Extract.  

From Cup to Paper - A dynamic combination of chemistry and artistry transforms disposable cups into beautiful paper.

Artist Highlight: Paul Hoi

Paul Hoi is an experimental landscape photographer based in Oakland, California.


He is fascinated by the uncanny feeling of seeing a landscape that feel both alien and familiar, landscapes and spaces that challenge our foundational scale of space and time.  In that sense, sci-fi and the psychedelic movement have naturally informed his work. Hoi is especially drawn to the desert because these traits seem particularly pronounced in that environment.

The Earth Issue x The House of St Barnabas

n the unrelenting brutalist environment of modern city architecture, we often lose our connection to nature and the inherent beauty it bestows. This group exhibition journeys our engagement with the natural. An expedition through untouched plains — our pursuit to scientifically analyse, domesticate and tame its landscape.

In the first collaboration with The House of St Barnabas, The Earth Issue’s inaugural group show features works from Jonas Marguet, Elsa Leydier, Jake Grewal, Steve Léon Brown and Elena Cremona. On display for six months in Barnabas’ Garden Room, of which the décor encompasses and extends beyond its walls into the courtyard outside, this exhibition attempts to capture the aesthetic essence of nature.

The Earth Issue is a collective of artists and creative professionals working at the intersection of fine art and environmentalism. In common, we share a dedication to raising awareness for the beauty of nature, using art and image culture as a driving force for environmental activism. The collaborators of The Earth Issue aim to highlight a growing interest amongst young artists to awaken society’s complacent consciousness towards our planet; to inspire and harness the power of social change.

Artist Highlight: Christopher Drury

Artist Highlight: Chris Drury is an environmental artist, creating site-specific nature based sculpture, often referred to as Land Art or Art in Nature. Drury also work in art and Science, making installations inside and creating works on paper. He also works with maps, digital and video art, and works with mushrooms. Dury’s work creates connections between different phenomena in the world, specifically between Nature and Culture, Inner and Outer and Microcosm and Macrocosm. He collaborates with scientists and technicians from a broad spectrum of disciplines and uses whatever visual means, technologies and materials best suit the situation.

Artist Highlight: Spencer Merolla

Artist Highlight: Spencer Merolla - Coal Comforts is a concept bakery in which traditional baked goods are replaced with inedible versions made from coal ash. An evocative material, ash suggests both personal mortality (ashes to ashes, cremation) and communal annihilation by way of mass destruction. On the face of it, these baked goods look just like the real thing, but close inspection reveals that they are not what they seem. The familiar forms of cookies and cakes generally evoke fond memories, but the confounding of expectations about what is on offer at the “bakery” invites the viewer to question the nostalgic impulse itself. Nostalgia persuades us that what is familiar is innocuous, and in so doing masks a harmful reality—that our overindulgence in fossil fuels has been—and will be—our undoing.

Artist Highlight: Ryan Dewey

Artist | Cognitive Scientist. RYANDEWEY.ORG. I do post-disciplinary work that addresses ecological and social issues by conjuring new tools and processes for collaboration with nature. But art is kind of a second career for me, I originally worked as an anthropologist, linguist, and cognitive scientist and I bring that history to my work as I look at embodiment, human systems, and ecological systems. I’ve always been fascinated with geology and geography and I starting thinking about ways people and cultures think about landscape and the environment and that sort of led into my current practice. I started off collaborating with architects and other artists to design installations with my collaborative Geologic Cognition Society ( and then I just started working more and more on my own. I guess I came to art through academics and research and I feel like that set me up to do the kind of work I do now.

Wilson Oryema - Wait

Wilson is a multidisciplinary artist. Working across various mediums, including, film, photo, text, and sculpture. His works primarily explore human behaviour and its effects on the planet, through several themes, such as, consumption. His inspiration for this primarily came from self-reflection on his consumption and what he gave energy to. As well as that, Wilson also was spurred on by the collective unsustainable consumption habits we, as humans, employ, which are having grave effects on the planet.