Sometimes making art in collaboration with animals, or bugs in this case is good. Mostly artists make art about animals.
Boring beetles attacked my eucalyptus trees. Many of the large old trees died. While cutting them down, I saw the patterns the beetles made in the wood. The lines were not driven by aesthetics and possessed actual randomness - which is difficult to achieve for humans.
Now I’m no botanist and feel that they must have had some desire or need that motivated their excavations.I also noticed thin and thick lines, which I know nothing about.
I decided to make a print from the log. A woodcut, so to speak. I chose the best parts of the log (my curation) and applied the paper to follow the contour of the wood.
I placed a section of the print along with text to give a clue as to what the image was about and to give credit to the beetles. I used reclaimed frames.
It seems the human brain wants to make a story line. Beetles are after something else.
"Civilization haunts the waterways". Alfred North Whitehead
This is an interesting project, "RiverCube Project" (2003/2004). Not sure if it's still going on - the website could use some updating and or end dating. Naturally - it peaked my interest as I collect beach trash for my art making and this project collects trash from river ways for gallery art works and educational community projects.
(FYI- I came across it at http://ecosalon.com/20_unforgettable_works_of_environmental_art/ - also worth a look.)
"RiverCubes are catalysts. They do whatever it is they do: surprise, confuse, delight, amuse, offend… They are an intervention into the ‘business as usual’ of waste. They intend to provoke thought and incite action. Foot soldiers in a public education campaign, RiverCubes are slices of time, breadcrumbs along a trail of urban watershed signatures. RiverCubes have work to do - and do their work best by being displayed in proximity to their collection sites."
"RiverCubes Projects engage community groups in volunteer work that yields a first hand acquaintance with issues of water quality, solid waste management, and urban human ecology - vital to the health and welfare of biotic communities on which we depend and of which we are a part." visit: http://www.rivercubes.net/.
I just watched Herzog's new film, "Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World".
I highly recommend it ( I will refrain from my one criticism - ask if you want to know). Especially drawn to the advertising image (for those that might know my head/hair work).
Also another Herzog MUST see - "Grizzly Man".
Both films have much to do with human attitudes toward animals and environment.
Lo and Behold (trailer ) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc1tZ8JsZvg
Grizzly Man (trailer) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWA7GtDmNFU
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's "Vegan Pasta Aflredo Sauce" (with some ingredient tinkering!)
raw cashews (soaked)
apple cider vinegar
kalmata olives and or castelvetrano olives
cauliflower and broccoli florets
toasted pine nuts (or toasted walnuts)
fresh chopped tomato bits
Topped with roasted baby portobella or sauted shitake, oil salt pepper
On a walk with Michael Dukakis as he picks up litter
Freeing Gastronomy and Embracing Slow Food - Utne Reader
Since massive consumerism is one element fueling not just environmental degradation but the immense suffering of animals through intensive breeding for food yearly - I thought this was a nice entrance to stepping away from one's participation in that system via "voluntary simplicity". Easy to read and thoughtful statements. There's limitless creativity in circumnavigating culture's most despicable aspects! http://www.simplicitycollective.com/PeacefulActsOfOpposition.pdf