Art Nature Dialogues: Interviews With Environmental Artists by John K. Grande

By John K. Grande

Artwork Nature Dialogues deals interviews with artists operating with, in, and round nature and the surroundings. The interviews discover artwork practices, ecological concerns, and values as they pertain to the siting of works, using fabrics, and the ethics of artmaking. John ok. Grande contains interviews with Hamish Fulton, David Nash, Bob Verschueren, herman de vries, Alan Sonfist, Nils-Udo, Michael Singer, Patrick Dougherty, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and others.

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Can you tell me something about how you began as an artist? DN Well, my career parallels that of Andy Goldsworthy. Unlike Richard Long, who immediately made his mark in the art world as a very young man, exhibiting with Konrad Fischer, neither Andy nor I were picked up by commercial galleries for quite a long time. We made a living as artists in residence and “artists in the schools” programs. The arts funding in Britain is very much orientated toward making art accessible. We grew up with that.

He has to share it with his fellow creatures and with a complex geophysical and living environment, which he finally dominates but only partially. Thus, we think that we have to find the ways toward a renegotiation of our relationships to the world, and that this renegotiation can, in particular, be done through art: we never actually work in neutral places, we have to take into account a third party with whom we must compromise. 32 4 EPHEMERAL PUBLIC ART Jerilea Zempel Renowned for her public art installations and “mock monuments” that appropriate urban and natural detritus, “transforming them into strange shadows of their former identities,” New York–based Jerilea Zempel’s art projects bring together feminist and ecological concerns, but do so with a wry sense of humor.

Why not use cast-off materials as art supplies? 39 Ephemeral Public Art JG In a way, limits to materials increase resourcefulness and creativity in people. One teacher I recently talked to said he is going to have his students work on a patch of ground and use just what is there. You came up with Peace Dividend in Canterbury, England, didn’t you? The timing of the work again was excellent. What was the reaction of the officials to this piece? JZ A lot of my projects with military mateials were done in other countries.

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