Painting for exhibition at ESRC Whale of a Time Festival of Social Science 2012
Sustainable Art works with conservation groups to illustrate how best to help us all survive. Endangered creatures are often at the apex of a triangle with us and the environment at the other 2 corners. As ensure the living space for an animal it can be an emblem for those working to help a whole area, take away the habit for a creature and you usually take it away from us too. Whales and dolphins show the health of oceans and how especially they fertilise the surface from bringing up food stuffs from the bottom. If our oceans die so will fish and we will lose an important source of protein that could be managed to give people enough to live on, especially in fishing communities. My paintings show the happy side of cetacean life rather than the sad fact of them being drowned in unsustainable trawl nets.
Parrots also show the health of rainforests which are the lungs of our planet and the Psittacine pictures show them in their natural environment. Cutting down the rainforest for short term crops and bio fuels instead of using valid alternatives such as solar energy will leave the Amazon a desert as those soils are too poor to support crops and increasing slash and burn is required. Sustainable Art shows these amazing creatures where they live and several Caribbean Islands are using them as an emblem for their home.
Other projects can be seen online, how the French use the Camargue for rearing ferile horses , how peat bog reclamation could reverse the yearly floods by soaking up water,(we used to dredge rivers and we still could if our long term unemployed and misplaced army were set to this more useful task).
Concentrated Solar Power stations using the Desertec concept would solve enrgy problems and I shall be with “Whale of a Time “ at the conference to discuss further any of these ideas.
Marisa Rehana Mann Sustainable Art Ltd Private Ltd Co. no.7237426
Artist and Illustrator