Using a praxis of cultural programming underpinned by a performative approach, I develop artistic eco-social engagements with communities by deploying their own embodied, practical knowledges. Eco-mindfulness projects co-create sustainable, meaningful futures that convey mutuality, like-mindedness and kinship to reconnect the environment and humans in a social context that transforms the public's perception of ecology.
EcoArt 2020 was a collaboration between artist Laura Donkers + Kaipātiki Project + Auckland Print Studio to present Eco-mindfulness through art using the frottage drawing process (rubbings) and stone lithography as stimuli to develop ecological literacy. This approach to public engagement aimed to expand creative and ecological awareness through a tactile exploration of native trees, and through reconnection exercises with Dr. G. Baron, at Eskdale Reserve on the North Shore of Auckland. This project was awarded funding through the Creative Communities Scheme, a grants programme administered by Auckland Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand.
DAY 1 - Ecological Mindfulness at Eskdale Reserve with Kaipātiki guide, Neil Henderson, and artist, Laura Donkers
DAY 2 - Lithography printing at Auckland Print Studios with John Pusateri - transfer of drawings onto stone