We have made it to lucky number thirteen of the Artfully Learning Audio Series!
In this episode, I speak with artist Sto Len about making artwork to address the effects of climate change that has been enhanced by plastic pollution, overconsumption and the general maltreatment of our natural resources.
Sto Len’s unique printmaking process, transports his practice from the studio environment into the heavily polluted waters of the Newtown Creek in New York City, as well as other local and global waterways. He improvises on traditional styles of suminagashi (which means floating ink) printmaking and gyotaku (meaning fish impression) to visualize the impact we have collectively had in polluting our water systems.
Sto was recently appointed as the artist in residence with the New York City Department of Sanitation, where he established the Office of Invisibility. Through this public role, he is elaborating on how art can make a philosophical and tangible difference across society. For some, art provides an escape from reality, but for Sto Len, art is a “productive survival strategy in times of crisis.” We discuss all of this and more in the Artfully Learning Audio Series episode.
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