Artist Michele Guieu, created @WNFE on Instagram spring 2020. Join her on Instagram @Michele Guieu for more information. Please visit WhatsNextForEarth.com to see my submissions and learn more!! Thank you to Michele for creating these opportunities for artists to respond to critical environmental issues!! The WNFE Art Calls are entwined with Post Carbon Institute and Think Resilience presentations.
WhatsNextForEarth is part of the Deep Transformation collective for anyone interested in ongoing groups focusing on environmental issues and art making. Please join us every other Tuesday (see schedule on the site).
Pencil on paper with digitalized color, 9 "x 12"
Rethinking: We Can Change Our Minds
"We humans are both selfish and sociable creatures" says Richard Heinberg in his Think Resilience series mentioned above. While selfish behaviors are deeply embedded into our hardwiring for survival, we learned over time to be cooperative and develop empathy also to survive. The neocortex, the "new brain", of mammals has developed sophisticated mechanisms based on cultural stories. Our brains are incredibly "plastic", meaning they can be rewired and change, just by changing our thinking! "Neurons that fire together wire together" (Neurologist Donald Hebb) is how we begin to reshape our priorities and focus to forge new traits and habits and relationships. We are too willing to sacrifice the well-being of the future for immediate gains and it's time to rethink the emphasis on consumerism to cooperation and living in balance with nature. I was inspired by a large, old tree in our son's yard on Oahu when I created this drawing, emphasizing that we can grow new brains and change our minds and save our children's and grandchildren's future. Time to Rethink Everything!! Thank you to @What's Next for Earth for this opportunity to participate in the bi-monthly art calls!!
Found Object sculpture, 9" x 4" x 3"
My small found object sculpture represents a fusion of human ingenuity/ideas/innovation and natural materials that are sustainably sourced to create energy. We made it to the moon and contemplate Mars...don't tell me we don't have what it takes to solve our current energy dilemma. We must get off fossil fuels! Thanks to Dr. Richard Heinberg for his courageous work trailblazing into a new era. See link to Post Carbon Institute above, thank you!!
2022: charcoal and water on watercolor paper
The circle is a universal and sacred shape. It unites and connects, holds and is both empty and full. It is the experience of creating the circle that is important, not just the end result.
2022: charcoal, watercolor on watercolor paper
Absorbing what's outside the circle and the release of what's inside the circle create a dynamic dance of energy infusion and release.
Dressed to Kill: The hidden plastic in our clothing and What you can do about it.
Marianne Bickett, artist
Sherwood Center for the Arts "Those Who Teach" Art Exhibit
August 3 - October 4, 2021
A Video of the dress was featured on Instagram through @WoArtBlog in "My Story", a New York based Art Gallery.
Art as Process:
Although many years ago I created a simple vest out of non-recyclable plastics for an elementary art unit on repurposing plastic for art, this was my first attempt to create something more sophisticated.
The problem of plastic pollution is far underrated and one of unseen damage. We don’t see the plastic in our food, but if you eat fish, it is most likely present. Microplastics are microscopic pieces of plastic that is in our water and soil…and in our clothing. When you wash clothing that is made from, for example, polyester, microplastics leak into the gray water when rinsing. I was horrified last year when I realized polyester is plastic. Now, when I purchase clothing, bedding, kitchen towels, etc, I always check to see what it made of, and I do not buy anything made with plastic. See the tab labeled “Plastic Pollution” for more information. We need to make tough choices that are not easy and can lead us to rethinking the way we consume food and products. Something has to give. Clothing cannot be recycled and ends up, ultimately, in landfills. It can be reused and repurposed, though.
I began studying art at Arizona State University in 1981, excelling in life drawing and human anatomy. Throughout my life, I've worked in watercolors, drawing, some printmaking, mix-media, and, for a time, acrylic painting (which I have stopped doing because of the plastic in acrylic paints).
I decided to create an echo of my earlier self-portrait as an older woman (not old...yet!) in watercolor.
When I was studying art at Arizona State University, we were assigned to create a watercolor self-portrait.
Brian and I enjoyed playing duets with him on the viola and me on the cello.
My love for the cello inspired me to create this mix-media acrylic painting. It was a sad moment for me to have to give up playing after enjoying this mellow, deep, and rich instrument for only three years.
"For the Wolves" Mix-media acrylic painting
To raise awareness about the plight of wolves, I created a series of paintings and drawings depicting wolves. I also had cards made of these images. The poem below was written for the wolves in 2009.
Look at your canine companion trotting on padded feet
by your side on peddled road or wetted pavement
mirroring the crescent moon that follows you with
a watchful stare.
Eyes squinting to catch a silhouette, a shadow, then
a leap, as muscled haunches contract.
The Universe is this one moment, a heart beating against the
echo chamber of a powerful chest.
Look at your canine friend again, then see the
night eye glowing and the lone cry of something wild,
something ancient loping beside you.
©2009 Marianne Bickett
"Canis Rufus" Mix-media acrylic painting
The Red Wolf of the southwest has faced an uphill battle since being reintroduced into the wild. Also, its relative in the southeast have faced great peril. Hatred of wolves has been around for many centuries. Wolves have been demonized and butchered ruthlessly. Please support efforts to save wolves.
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This set of wolf paintings was selected to be a part of the Sherwood Center for the Arts "Those Who Teach" art exhibit, August 3 - October 4, 2021.
"Drawing Sound: Using the Wacom tablet as an independent drawing surface while also controlling Kyma." (co-authored/presented with Brian Belet, composer).
-- Paper presentation & interactive demo. Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS 2018), Santa Cruz, CA, September 9, 2018.
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What happens when a visual artist creates a drawing in real time on a Wacom table and the pen data is simultaneously used to control an interactive Kyma sound synthesis Timeline? Does the artist keep to her original drawing plan while the Kyma sounds unfold? Or, does the artist respond to Kyma and alter the drawing plan (which then alters Kyma’s sound output)? As the artist learns the larger ecosystem environment, does she even anticipate future sound results, which then affects her drawing plan? Does the artist watch the projected image (as the Wacom surface itself is blank)? What is the dividing line between sonification and a dual artistic creation? Who interacts with who, and what affects what?
This conference demo presented the technical issues that surrounded the project, including difficulties that exist when using the Wacom pen’s output data to simultaneously drive a drawing program and Kyma as input data. The aesthetic issues listed above were also discussed, with solutions presented in both the visual and aural domains. The authors demonstrated aspects of their own artistic realms, as well as the interaction between the two, with both successes and remaining challenges discussed as a work in progress report.
Visual artist Marianne Bickett enjoys blind contour drawing and gesture sketching, techniques that lend themselves to real-time performance. In this context, the process of drawing is the composition. Composer Brian Belet uses Kyma as a live performance system in addition to a research sound design platform. For each artist, the spontaneity of gestures in performance, based on a preconceived macro plan, was the primary interest for this collaboration. For this project, a Kyma TimeLine was constructed to accept input data from the Wacom tablet, using the pen’s X, Y, Z, and tilt motions to control various parameters. Marianne created a drawing on the Wacom tablet (which was projected onto a screen in real time), and the pen data was routed into Kyma. What emerged was a linked (in both concrete and abstract ways) performance art work that took shape during the time period of the conference presentation.