Black Japanese ink (sumi-e) on paper
Framed - frame made from FSC-certified wood
Framed size: H. 57 x w. 46 cm
From the series 'Magic Hour': An ongoing project about endangered and extinct plants and fungi in our food chain and vanishing flora. Ink paintings of unexpected interpretations of food plants, to challenge perception, encourage a dialogue and raise awareness of the important questions about the impact of climate change on our environment.
About the Artist
Vivienne Schadinsky is an artist and art educator best known for her evanescent Japanese ink and natural pigment paintings, capturing edible and non-edible plants and flowers that are scarce or soon distinct, due to climate change.
Observation of nature is the overarching theme in Vivienne’s work : from the study of the small changes within the 72 Japanese micro seasons*, to work developed from her very extensive research on the consequences of climate change — as well as the pollution of air and water. Her work is a reflection on the loss of biodiversity, plants’ ability to cope and thrive in extreme weather, food security**, future foods, clean air and water. She also investigates the plant’s life cycle through installations and photographic documentations — with a particular focus on its journey into seed production. Vivienne is especially drawn to, and battles with, the intangible space between abstraction and representation, often reflected in nature itself.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Vivienne spent much time in nature throughout her childhood. After studying and working in interior design, theatre design and woodworking, Vivienne eventually left the design world to follow her vocation to stimulate thought and emotions with art.
Her profession as an artist spans over ten years, a period that has offered her the opportunity to adapt a multi-faceted practice that encompasses environmental art and pushes the boundaries of ecological art.
Vivienne’s art projects raise questions. They underline the important role art has in visualising the impact climate change and loss of biodiversity have on our environment. To correctly convey these issues she receives information and advice directly from figures in the scientific community; such as a member of Kew Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank in Wakehurst, the Head of Tree Collections at Kew Gardens, a Natural History Museum Collections’ curator and a professor specialised in international legumes breeding programmes to support future food security. Vivienne’s quest is to evoke an emotional and visceral response that encourages collective thought and conversation, to show her audience plants in unexpected ways to challenge their perception. This quest is in parallel minded to support wellbeing by evoking
emotions of serenity and the appreciation of beauty.
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in London, Switzerland and Norway. Her artworks are held in private collections throughout the UK, Europe and the US.
* Japan celebrates 72 different micro-seasons : there are 24 major divisions; of which each is split into three, starting early in February (Spring). Each micro-season lasts for around five days.
** Based on the 1996 World Food Summit, food security is defined when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
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