Event Title

Painting Ecological Change in Northwest Bird Populations

Research Mentor(s)

Bower, John

Description

This ongoing series of paintings depicts examples of how bird populations have changed ecologically in recent history in Northwest Washington. As an artist and advocate for ecological stewardship, I intend to provoke viewers to think critically about the role humans play in the steady destruction of the ecosystems we depend upon for our survival. I have interpreted scientific research and analysis of ecological interconnectivity into my paintings to promote reflection and conversation through a medium seen less frequently in the field of conservation. This is achieved through a series of 4-5 large oil paintings on canvases of birds found in Pacific Northwest ecosystems that have experienced population or behavioral changes due to human activity. I will bring local awareness to these issues by presenting this body of work as my senior project for Western’s Honors Department as well as pursuing opportunities to share this work in the greater Bellingham area.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

May 2020

End Date

May 2020

Department

Fine Art, Painting

Genre/Form

student projects, posters

Type

Image

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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Painting Ecological Change in Northwest Bird Populations

This ongoing series of paintings depicts examples of how bird populations have changed ecologically in recent history in Northwest Washington. As an artist and advocate for ecological stewardship, I intend to provoke viewers to think critically about the role humans play in the steady destruction of the ecosystems we depend upon for our survival. I have interpreted scientific research and analysis of ecological interconnectivity into my paintings to promote reflection and conversation through a medium seen less frequently in the field of conservation. This is achieved through a series of 4-5 large oil paintings on canvases of birds found in Pacific Northwest ecosystems that have experienced population or behavioral changes due to human activity. I will bring local awareness to these issues by presenting this body of work as my senior project for Western’s Honors Department as well as pursuing opportunities to share this work in the greater Bellingham area.