In the face of our global climate crisis and tensions around the exploitation or pollution of our planet’s precious resources, the artists in the third chapter of Between Life and Land are compelled to respond to pressing environmental issues. Twelve artists and artist collectives reflect on our rapidly shifting relationships to bodies of land and water, revealing stories of both trauma and healing. Here, artists find hope in participatory engagement, education, and mindfulness. During a critical moment in human history, their work facilitates public reflection and dialogue, demonstrating the vital role that art plays in mobilizing communities to transform our present and preserve our future.
Artists include Ackroyd & Harvey, Lani Asunción, Tiana Birrell, Lily Brooks, Desert ArtLAB, John Grade, Beth Krensky, Meditation Ocean Constellation, Postcommodity, Gabriela Salazar, and Wendy Wischer.
1) Lani Asunción, Duty-Free Paradise | Red Hill Hex (still), 2022. HD video, 6 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
2) Beth Krensky, Keys To Open the Beginning Before the End, 2022. Organic detritus, skeleton keys, copper, gold leaf, 19 x 20 x 3.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Amelia Walchli
3) Meditation Ocean Constellation, Meditation Reels from M.O. Turtlegrass Meadow, 2023 (still). Three-channel video with five guided meditations. Durations variable, looped. Image courtesy of Hope Ginsburg.
4) Gabriela Salazar, Primary Residence (Low Relief for High Water), 2022. Water-soluble paper, sandbags, 69.5 x 84 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.