Mosses and Marshes: Creative Engagement with Wetlands

By Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith As published by ClimateCultures, 27 April 2022 ClimateCultures is a network of over 200 artists, curators & researchers in many countries, including across the UK and other parts of Europe, as well as in North America, Australia, and India. Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith are members ofContinue reading “Mosses and Marshes: Creative Engagement with Wetlands”

Values. Voices. Action.

The artists’ response to the Mosses and Marshes International Panel Discussion In early November 2021, an international panel was convened to discuss the entangled in alternative ways of thinking about, understanding and valuing special environments. The goal was to determine if we needed to consider different ways to inform and shape the future of theContinue reading “Values. Voices. Action.”

Hearing the unheard

I recently observed the thread of a conversation on a Twitter post[1] by Professor Euan Ritchie[2] of Deakin University suggesting the ecological and conservation community needed to reflect deeply on ideas and narratives that had questionable outcomes for biodiversity. You could hear the frustration in the tone of Ritchie’s tweet and responses. His post andContinue reading “Hearing the unheard”

Simply start where you are when art-making is a crushing chore

Mosses and Marshes is now 10 days out from opening its first showing at Qube Gallery, Oswestery UK on 1 October. Since July, there’s been a growing intensity around the development of words, sounds, and images around this project, that’s had my UK collaborator Andrew Howe and me in daily communication. It’s the time for details.Continue reading “Simply start where you are when art-making is a crushing chore”

The solace of creativity in times of crisis

At 5pm on Saturday 14 August, the State of New South Wales went into a COVID-19-responsive lockdown. The regional City of Dubbo and its local government area had already been under stay at home orders for three days on the back of growing active COVID cases; the region’s Indigenous population dangerously exposed. Sydney, our StateContinue reading “The solace of creativity in times of crisis”

The power of the abstract

Taking concrete ideas and making them abstract, or tangible values and pulling them apart to find the intangible, are processes my Mosses + Marshes partner Andrew Howe and I have been working through for the past two years. Research and reading copious pages of factual historical and scientific information on our respective wetland landscapes fuels the ideasContinue reading “The power of the abstract”