Creativity rhymes with eco-sustainability
Art and ecology, two words that may seem apparently conflicting in view of the fact that many artistic techniques require the use of toxic or not eco-friendly materials like inks, bleached papers, corrosive solvents. In fact it is not true because also art can become green thanks to the creativity of the artist representing at the same time a tool to spread in modern society ecological sensitivity based on recycling and respect for the environment.
In the last years recycling art has become a worldwide practice. Recover, store waste, turn it into something else, work it…as Andy Warhol would say “garbage is certainly bad thing, but if you work on it and you manage to make it better or at least interesting, ther is less waste for sure”. Rubbish is what we produce when we consume, is another parallel world, it is an immense deposit of great value that creativity can turn into works of green art.
The art world is constantly changing, more and more artists take care of the environment and prefer using ecosustainable products that nowadays are largely available on the market. Painting lovers can buy water colours and natural dyes, paper not treated with acids, recycled pedestals, natural fabrics and detergents made of natural raw materials. On the market there are also products with no-toxicity certifications and sold with minimal and recyclable packaging.
In the art world the support for ecosustainability comes also from photography. Photographers testify ecology through the image. They observe, explore the nature and make it the protagonist of their reports. “Taking pictures is focus mind, eyes and heart all together on the same things. It is a way to live”, as the great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson said. Green photographers focus mind, eyes and heart on nature and ecosustainability.
Green art is not just paitings or photography but involves also common handicraft. We can think about goldsmith’s art or ceramics, in these sectors workers have begun to adopt environmental friendly methods as well, using renewable energies and reducing waste. Being creative is possible respecting the environment where we live. After all creativity rhymes with eco-sustainability!