United States

  • City, State: Santa Barbara, California
  • Geographic Location: North America

About me:

I am an environmental artist creating mixed-media assemblages and installations from marine salvage and other found objects culled from coastline beaches; appropriating images - found and digitally manipulated - merging painting, collage, assemblage and sculptural works while addressing issues of environmental concern.

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I have created a body of work “Pacific Series: Environmental Assemblages,” and recently published a book illustrating my ongoing desire to inspire a new way of seeing and a new way of thinking in the hopes of encouraging others to be vigilant stewards in protecting the state of the oceans and our global environment for future generations.

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I am passionate about being the change – walking the talk and living the kind of life – that I would like to see in the world to ensure a better, cleaner, safer place now and for future generations. For the past 15 years, I have not owned or driven a car. My main mode of transportation is bicycling, walking or mass transit. Environmental alarms have long been ringing with warning signs of over-population, consumerism, global warming, and deterioration of terrestrial and marine habitats. Changing my own lifestyle and sounding these alarms as an activist and artist is my passion and the subject matter of my art practice from nuclear weapons production and nuclear waste to toxic oil spills and the threat to air and water quality of our oceans and marine habitats.

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Known for her environmental stewardship and fine art background, Laura Lynch's mixed media constructions, Pacific Series 1996-2008: Environmental Assemblages, addresses her passion for the state of the oceans and threat to the global environment.

Combining washed-up marine salvage and found objects--organic and non-organic such as sand, tar and feathers--scavenged along the ocean beaches, Lynch creates digital photo montages that are transferred onto colorful beached shipboards, often times with a sense of humor and ironic playfulness. Lynch paints directly onto many of her found boat pieces, collaging images and juxtaposing colors, shapes and textures for the eye to play on. These environmental assemblages are not only painterly but also substantive in their historical context and present-day imagery, transforming the whole into something greater.


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Swept Away
The devastating headlines have appeared all too often in recent years: unimaginable death tolls and destruction from earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. Natural disasters and their aftermath are catastrophic, but until recently, they've held another, hidden, tragedy. It is women who suffer, and die, the most. Yet it's also women who clean up the wreckage.

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Who Knows the Earth Best?

Sibongile Masuku is a self-described eco-feminist who has lived and worked in concert with the earth her whole life. She grew up in Swaziland, and now works in South Africa. She's served as an environmental activist in various capacities, and acted as an advisor to the South African Government on environmental conservation. Currently, she's a Research Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.

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