Earth Week 2019 // The Great Collaboration

For Earth Week 2019, I had the honor of teaming up with Metro Transit, and the University of St Thomas’ SCP Arts, Department of Justice and Peace Studies, and the College of Arts and Science’s SOLV Initiative!

Together we have made an interior and exterior train wrap possible.

It will be installed and on display running on the Green Line from April 21st-27th.

Illustrator and Art Director: Sarah Nelson (Artist, and SCP Art’s Artist-In-Residence)

Layout: Elissa Erickson (Metro Transit)

Coordinators of Partnerships and Logistics: Kelly Morrell (Metro Transit) and Maria Dahmus (SCP Arts at the University of St. Thomas)

Investors: Metro Transit, SOLV Initiative, and SCP Arts

EXTERIOR:

In partnership with SCP Arts and the Department of Justice and Peace Studies’ Leadership for Social Justice course at the University of St Thomas, Metro Transit collaborated with students to collect the rich stories of transit riders. These stories have been published in their book, Transit Transformations.

Students worked on the book cover art with SCP Artist- In- Residence Sarah Nelson. They felt the life cycle of the monarch butterfly was the best metaphor for the transformative effect public transport can have on communities.


INTERIOR:

In partnership with Metro Transit, SCP Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences SOLV Initiative, at the University of St Thomas, local artist Sarah Nelson created an Earth Day Celebration Illustration.

The interior depicts Minnesota animals enjoying the outdoors and our wonderful cities. It is meant to remind us of our relationship to our natural environment and to inspire joy. It is detailed. It is fun.


The interior illustrations transition between the four seasons and through a full day cycle.



Golden || Ephratha Gallery

GOLDEN

2019

A solo exhibition celebrating pollinators and their fauna.

This series is focused on primarily native pollinators. Created with colored pencil, pen and

marker on navy blue paper.

The color blue is widely considered to symbolize wisdom, intelligence, faith, and truth- some

even say heaven.

Throughout art history, artists find themselves inexplicably drawn to this color, like Yves Klein

who held it akin to a higher power.

It is the last color to have a name in most languages, and has been proven to provide a

calming effect. It is also a preferred color for corporate America.

I am fascinated by pollinators, because they are not what you expect. They are not only bees,

but beetles, moths, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats. They may be small, yet our reliance on

them is deep and foundational.

They are intricate, intelligent, organized, and beautiful.

In recent years however they have begun to decline in population. They are vanishing.

These works are meant to present a glimpse of the the beautiful and complex world of

pollination in a new light.

Placing them on a color that is considered sacred and true, they understatedly do not fill the

page. They are off center. Natural. Most of these illustrations are uncomfortably empty leaving

the subject both featured and also isolated.

These small creatures are vital. Throughout ancient religion and mythology they are symbolic of

life and death. They are golden. They are a source of life for all species. It’s time to celebrate

them.

It is time to value them.

It’s is time to actively protect them.

We and the world, are better for it.



Other Facts.

Pollinators are vital to both corporate America and to each living individual. Over 30% of the

worlds food is dependent on pollinators. The math breaks down to be between every 3rd and

4th bite you eat, is thanks to a pollinator. Yet they are disappearing. They are threatened by

pests, toxins in our fertilizers and pesticides, urban and suburban sprawl, and our extreme

monocropping.

They are vital to our food source, and to the large number of people who are employed thanks

to their ability to fertilize our plants and therefore also feed our livestock.

What can you do that makes a difference?

Set out insect-accessible sugar water around your yard and home for pollinators to ‘re-fuel’ as

they travel from plant to plant.

As much as possible, buy from local organic farmers.

Plant diverse native flowers in your gardens and yards, and do not use chemicals.

Speak to your officials and ask them to actively work to protect pollinators.

Spread the word.

Good for You // Symbiotic Relationships

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Good For You

Upcoming Solo Exhibition 2019

Good For You // Symbiotic Relationships

Symbiotic: adjective having an interdependent relationship

Symbiotic relationships exist in every major ecosystem in nature. Predators and pray, crustaceans and fish, birds and mammals, find a way to live in peace and interdependency. In a time where there is so much conflict, where reasons to not get along abound, these symbiotic relationships fascinate me. They could be violent but choose to be mutually beneficial. Ones that look dangerous but are in reality an incredible display of peace and life.

These relationships - to me are banners of peace and complexity made simpler in coexistence.

This is a part of a body of work for an exhibition in March 2019. More info to come.

SOLO EXHIBITION || 2019

pen and marker.