Restoration-focused ecoart and indigenous rights are Deanna Pindell's central passions. She lives and works on traditional homelands of Coast Salish peoples including the S’Klallam and Suquamish, where she maintains an impressive compost pile.
She has created and presented work globally: Cambodia, Australia, Canada, USA. Awards include McColl Center for Visual Art E-AIR, Puffin Grant, Robinson Grant. Publications include essays for a forthcoming book, Ecoart in Action (New Village Press, Spring 2022) and Antennae: Journal of Nature in Visual Art. MFA-IA Goddard College. Faculty at Olympic College, Washington.
A community of Khmer and American humans built an ecosystem, an artificial island designed to clean water and provide wetland habitat for a rural Montessori school in Cambodia. What was there to work with, in this rural village? We used the most plentiful materials at hand: emptied plastic water bottles, bamboo, coconut coir, and a sticky clay mud, to form the traditional Khmer design of chan flower.
Recommendations from Deanna
Please read and view works by the Indigenous authors, scientists, and artists whose work is related to your own interests. Their perspective is essential.
A few suggestions:
Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potowatomi). - Environmental Biologist.
Read anything she writes! The Enviro-Art Gallery team recommends Braiding Sweetgrass!
Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Coleville Confederated) - Indigenous Studies Researcher.
“As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice”
Shawn Wilson (Opaskwayak Cree): Indigenous Studies Researcher
“Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods”
Postcommodity - Indigenous Arts collective
Nicolas Galanin (Tlingit) - provocative contemporary artist
Will Wilson (Navaho) - provocative contemporary artist