Environmental Art presented by Hollie Berry:
Today, local artist Hollie Berry gave a presentation focused on environmental art. She has
personally experienced this through her “dew”dles, where she draws a path through the dew in
the grass to create an image. An example of her work is the large lion “dew”dle she drew in
Coolidge Park. She defines environmental art, or Land Art, by describing the main uses, using
the environment as a canvas, medium, or subject. There are many variations of this, including
the Passage by Cornelia Konrads. Some prehistoric to modern environmental art includes
Santa Cruz in 7300 BC, the Nazca lines in 400 AD, and the Serpent Mound in 1070 AD shown
These pieces are so large because they have to survive over time and be noticeable in
aerial view. One type of environmental art we discussed is manipulation, or using all natural
materials to create something within nature. Some examples of manipulation include the Spiral
Jetty, the Andres Amadour Beach Art, and many works by Andy Goldsworthy shown below.
Another type of environmental art is disruption, or using nature as the canvas, adding in
manmade materials. One local example of this is the Cleveland Ear Fungus by Melissa Jay
Craig, which uses manmade materials to create “ears” on trees.
Disruption can also mean bringing the outside in, such as the indoor clouds that artist
Berndnaut Smilde created. Another type of environmental art is interaction, or a personal
encounter with nature, often performance based. Some examples of this include Silueta by Ana
Medieta and Line Made By Walking by Richard Ling shown below.
Intervention, or changing/rehabbing the environment for the better, is another type of
environmental art. An example of this is the Fair Park Lagoon in Dallas, Texas, which was a
sewage pond rehabilitated to be a thriving, beautiful wetland.
Some problems to anticipate when sharing environmental art include the temporality of
it, the rarely archival materials used, the location, which is often remote or hard to access, and
the scale, which is often too large to move or fit in a gallery. Photographs, maps, and
documentation are the key to preserving and sharing environmental art.