The California Society of Printmakers (CSP) has taken on the task of commenting artistically on the environmental disasters stemming from the way humans have extracted various ores and metals from the earth. CSP hopes to make a difference in how we collectively view this destruction and participate in it. This is difficult, even tricky territory to explore, but then artists have always been at the forefront of necessary change, and CSP's exhibit in East Gallery, titled Extraction: Response to the Changing World Environment, proves that these artists are up to the challenge of serving as messengers with purpose as they continue to explore new directions in contemporary print methods.
Etching, monoprint, monotype, encaustic monotype, photopolymer, reduction woodcut—these are just some of the media used. The content of these works is incredibly moving, often expressing our collective grief at all the losses. Summer Ventis used oil-based ink flocked with ash from the California wildfires. Sylvia Solochek Walters mourns with us the loss of whole species in her woodcut Vince's Horn. Vince was a white rhino, shot and killed for his horn in a private Parisian game reserve. Donna Day Westerman's Log Pile, another reduction woodcut, captures layers of loss in a single telling image.
This show is part of CSP's ongoing participation in a global art phenomenon titled Extraction: Art at the Edge of the Abyss, a worldwide endeavor with hopes of "raising a ruckus" and instigating change in humanity's relationship with the earth. As SAC Executive Director Cindy Abbott stated, "Sanchez Art Center is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with CSP on this exhibition, which emphasizes the escalating need for the community to address the impacts of our changing climate, stemming from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, including sea level rise."
The Climate Ribbon
Throughout these exhibitions, community members may add their thoughts to The Climate Ribbon, a global storytelling ritual for hope and healing. What do you stand to lose climate chaos and environmental degradation? Share your thoughts in this community project that helps us move from climate grief to climate action.
Visit TheClimateRibbon.org for more information.
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