leap year, what shall we do with this extra day?

This newsletter is going out today to our subscribers and non-members.

This year nine of our members are participating in the winter/spring semi-annual Sustain(ability) & the Art Studio course that begins later this month, with three spaces still available. There are at least eight members from the Soil Dialogues heading to Florence, Italy in May to present their work at the IUSS Soil Congress and ecoartspace pop-up event. We also have ten members planning to come to New Mexico this summer for the Natural Pigments Workshop & Retreat, with room for two or three more. And, we are currently at the printer with The New Geologic Epoch book, which should be ready to ship early March.

Submissions for our Call for Artists are starting to roll in for the Transmissions solar eclipse event in Austin, Texas on April 6. This is a members only event. You will receive detailed information once you join. The first deadline is February 15.

For our monthly online Zoom Dialogues in February we will hold Geologic Dialogues with artists who are focused on extraction. And, through June we will hold online Sound Dialogues and Soil Dialogues for our members.

We would love to have you join us or renew your membership for 2024, starting the year off with an incredible community of artists and scientists from around the planet.

Patricia Watts, founder

Header image: © Krista Leigh Steinke, Eyes to the Sky, 2018, installation shot, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, Texas


online event

Geologic Dialogues

Part lV - Extraction

Thursday, February 15

United States: 9am HST, 11am PST, Noon MST, 1pm CST, 2pm EST

Europe:17:00 GMT  Australia: Friday, January 19, 6am AEDT

For our fourth, in a series of monthly dialogues organized around our recently launched online exhibition + upcoming printed book The New Geologic Epoch, we bring together artists who are focused on extraction and earth as material resource.

Presenters: Susana Soares Pinto, Harriet Hellman, Stephanie Garon, and Zoë Sadokierski

This event is free for members + one guest. Non-members are $5.

All participants MUST REGISTER.



The New Geologic Epoch

Online exhibition and upcoming printed book

The New Geologic Epoch, juried by Mary Mattingly, presents works by over seventy of our members from Scotland, Ireland, England, Sweden, Portugal, Brazil, Australia, Canada and the US, whose work focuses on the shifting baselines in the landscape, which over time have become the new normal.

                 At the printer now with 80 Pre-Orders / 40 still available; printing 120; shipping early March 2024

Image: © Mary Babcock, 11° 4’ 50’’ N, 2021, salvaged fishing nets and lines gathered from across the Pacific Ocean, Lucite, aluminum, deep sea leader line, 92 x 44 x 3 inches; click image for more info


learning and growing


Natural pigments workshop including plant and mineral collection and processing + studio time to make work. Also, museum/gallery visits, hikes, hot springs and community dinner. Additional speakers and presentations are in the works, and a potential culminating exhibition/event in Santa Fe.

August 12 - 17, 2024 

Location: Taos (day trip to Abiquiu); Number of participants: 12-13 Max; Cost: $650 per person (arrange for own food and board)

Room for three more member participants

Email info@ecoartspace.org if you are interested, want more info or to sign up

blog post

Sunflowers, An Electric Garden: a public artwork wanting to generate solar energy, an interview with Mags Harries and Lajos Héder by Patricia Watts

featured ecoartspace artist

elizabeth stone

Stone's work utilizes her analog materials to investigate the photograph as a three dimensional object. She seeks slow, time consuming practices that meld the hand and mind, decontextualizing and reinterpreting her materials. For her work Ecdysis, the artist cut over 3,000 of her 35mm color negatives, black and white negatives and color positives into single frames and then sewed them together in a non linear pattern. This large-scale dimensional art piece references the action of shedding or casting off an exterior layer. It becomes an outer coat of memory and statement of self.   www.elizabethstone.com


salt of the earth

Salt of the Earth is a striking monograph, which skillfully captures humanity’s impact on the environment. From ground-level perspectives to aerial shots, Barbara Boissevain’s unique compositions of industrial salt ponds, accentuate the surreal qualities of landscapes altered by human activity. The artist’s intention extends beyond crafting captivating visuals; her work seeks to raise awareness of pressing environmental concerns and inspire engagement in conservation-related activism.

Go to store


Ocean Archaeology of Our Time is a wall installation by Pamela Longobardi assembled from collected beach plastics while doing an ocean residency at Patina Maldives eco-resort, Fari Islands, Maldives. Above

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine honored Xavier Cortada with the prestigious Excellence in Science Communications Award ($20,000 Prize) in Washington D.C., January 2024. 

Nature in Absentia: A Lost Marshland is a large fiber work by Michele Brody which was awarded the Excellence in Fibers IX, which will be published in the Winter 2024 Issue of Fiber Art Now.

Renny Pritikin on Bonnie Ora Sherk, Squarcylinder, Northern California Art. January 25, 2024.

California Studio Visit: Work in Progress with Tyler Burton is an article by Southwest Contemporary Art Magazine, online. January 23, 2024.

Ecology-Minded Artist Brandon Ballengee Pictures What We've Lost is a review by Shana Nys Dambrot, for the Village Voice. January 22, 2024

Shoutout Colorado interview with Trine Bumiller, January 3, 2024.

While The Stars Look Down is a feature on photo-based artist Fred Brashear Jr., Dodho Magazine online. Issue 27, December 2023.

Solarities: Elemental Encounters and Refractions is a new book on solarity with cover art by Krista Leigh Steinke, published by Punctum Books. Released November 22, 2023. Free to download

ecoartspace has served as a platform for artists addressing environmental issues since 1999. In 2020, we transitioned to a membership model. Members include artists, scientists, professionals, students, and advocates sharing resources and supporting each other's work. This is an inclusive, non-competitive collaborative environment where we can imagine and make real a healthy, equitable, resilient future.


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