A) Produce an illustrated essay which critiques how socially engaged practitioners including yourself have addressed social engagement/activism through (a practice).


B) Produce an illustrated essay which critiques how practitioners including yourself have addressed the issue of (cause/issue being tackled) through socially engaged visual communication practice.

The two essay titles provided two directions I could take. One focussing more on a specific practice, the other focuses on an issue within society that we want to tackle.
Though I see myself mostly as an illustrator I like to explore a range of practices, so for this reason I have decided to focus my attentions on an issue, this being the environment/preservation of it.

I don’t have to spell out the importance of the environment and our ecosystems as everyone is aware that its vital to life on earth and it is diminishing, unfortunately most people never seem to take the matter into their own hands, this is something I want to try and encourage people to do in the project part of this, as well as perhaps give opportunity to allow small ecosystems to still flourish within the city.

I feel as though environmental art is important as it has the power and ability  to change how we view our world and it is for this reason as well as the fact I’m a big lover of nature that I wish to play my part in trying to encourage people to think about the environment more and the impact they have on it. The simple, reasonable changes they could make to help.

A number of practitioners/organisations already have tackled environmental concerns in a range of different ways, some reusing/recycling items to create art pieces to raise awareness or to create eco-friendly art. Others have also tried to encourage people to be more involved with preserving the environment.

Some examples of practitioners and their approach are:
River Cubes by Bob Johnson, harvested debris found in local rivers and created sculptures from them, which were placed nearby as commentaries on what humans leave in the landscape.
river cubes

Wheatfield- a confrontation by Agnes Denes. Who planted a 2 acre wheatfield on top of the battery park landfill, Manhattan. The wheat was then harvested, a total of 1000lbs and taken around the world in ‘The international art show for the end of world hunger’. Her aim was to comment on human values and our misplaced priorities.

Self Portrait As Revealed By Trash by Tim Gaudreau, who for a year photographed all the trash he threw away an eye opening series to the impact of just one human and giving new meaning to his own discards.
self portrait

Spontaneous city in the tree of heaven by London Fieldworks, an installation piece constructed from several hundred bird and bug boxes mounted in two trees, drawing on the ecology and biodiversity of two sites on opposite sides of London: Duncan Terrace Gardens in the East and Cremorne Gardens in the West. Creating a wildlife city to act as shelter and nesting spots for London wildlife while emphasizing the importance of urban green spaces.
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John Dahlsen whom is an environmental artists that recycles found items items such as plastic bags, or various other plastic items, driftwood or rope to create sculptures or wall art. Highlighting not only our waste, but the possibilities of our waste. Reusing matter that would just have been discarded in order to create some really quite stunning colourful pieces.
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