In Nature Speaks, Deborah Kennedy’s captivating poetry and illustrations bring to life the profound bond between ourselves and the larger natural world. Kennedy focuses on the ecological themes of our time, infusing art and science with insight and passion. Her powerful poetry and earth-toned ink illustrations feature the elegance of birds and strength of redwood trees, appealing to the eye, the mind, and the heart. Nature Speaks invites us to listen to the earth—to appreciate nature’s grace, complexity, and vigor—as we move toward pathways for healing ourselves and the earth.
Kennedy's artwork consists of conceptually-based installations and objects in galleries, museums and public spaces. Her work begin with questions, such as: What new ways of thinking can help us solve our environmental problems? Can we reform our technological systems so they operate in a bio-compatible manner? How is exposure to toxic chemicals affecting the health of human and animal populations? Questions, such as these, focusing on social and environmental dilemmas are the starting point of her work.
Published by White Cloud Press, November 2016, 112 pages
I worked for ten years creating Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth. It was a true labor of love and has help me connect with my community when I share my work with poetry, spiritual and academic groups. My book has been recognized with six awards including: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Grand Prize, Shortlist, 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Winner Poetry, 2017 Silver Nautilus Book Award, Poetry, 2017 Green Book Festival, Second Place Poetry, 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Environment, Finalist, 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Poetry, Finalist.
These awards help me see that the value of my efforts has been appreciated.
Kennedy is an ecoartspace member