Creating Art to Raise Environmental Awareness
Artist Preview: Roy Steele Studio
We’re always inspired by artists using their passion and creativity to raise awareness about local and international environmental issues. Artist Roy Steele’s new 24-piece environmental series speaks about the beauty of nature and the effects of pollution and climate change on our planet. His work also gives hope to the notion that the natural and corporate systems will eventually achieve equilibrium to protect our environment just as the marshes and wetlands are designed to protect the land and the sea. Here are a few examples of his work. See his complete series at Roy Steele Studio.
Too Much Carbon
Rachael Carson began her career as a marine biologist, and while studying our oceans and raising her voice about toxins in our environment, she heeded an early warning. Since then, we continue to find that our oceans are taking in too much carbon dioxide and creating ocean acidification, which is having a devastating effect on marine organisms and their habitats, especially mollusks, crabs and corals. This piece was inspired by her legacy and the problems many marine organisms will have as our seas change.
This piece was inspired by the tons of plastic floating in gyres in the middle of our oceans—bottles, children’s toys, fishing nets, electronics. There are five main enormous wind-driven surface currents in the ocean: the North and South Pacific, the North and South Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean. Discarded plastic gets trapped in these currents and is constantly in the process of breaking down into smaller and smaller micro plastics that often harms or kills marine life.
Inspired by the marks left on a canvas after working with clay, this piece asks what impact the artist’s generation has had on the environmental movement. Our current environmental crisis is real, and plastic pollution in the ocean could triple by 2050 unless a “major response” is mounted to prevent more plastic from reaching the ocean. Thankfully there is a current groundswell of hope for the cause.
To see all of Roy Steele’s work and inspiration, or to order recycled note cards made in his studio in Portland, Oregon, visit his website (and enter code thinkgreen for 20% off through August 2018).
See other artists and pieces, including photography and sculpture, that are making a statement and raising awareness about the environment.