Ethics & the Environment

Ethics & the Environment
Volume 8, Number 1, Spring 2003
Special Issue on Art
Guest Editor: Chris Cuomo


Contents

Articles

    Medina, Ada.
    Cuomo, Chris J.
  • The Artist on Process and Ethics
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    Subject Headings:
    • Medina, Ada -- Interviews.
    • Art and morals.
    • Art and philosophy.
    • Aesthetics -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
    Abstract:
      Standing before one of Ada Medina's works in a museum recently, I knew myself to be in the company of a distinct presence. The exquisite form was so novel, yet its layers of organicity were deeply familiar. The piece effectively conveyed complex relationality, and pointed toward innovative forms of being, without resorting to didacticism, melodrama, or cliché. I had a strong urge to hug it. I needed to step back and figure it out.
    Gerber, Lisa.
  • The Nature of Water: Basia Irland Reveals the 'Is' and the 'Ought'
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    Subject Headings:
    • Irland, Basia, 1946- Desert fountain [visual works]
    • Irland, Basia, 1946- Gathering of waters [visual works]
    • Water in art.
    • Nature in art.
    • Harmony (Aesthetics)
    Abstract:
      Basia Irland is an artist whose work revolves around water. Her vision is wide and she addresses ecological, social, and policy issues. Many of her works consist of portable sculptures which house maps, videos, natural objects, water samples, hydrologic reports, and research. In this paper I focus on two of her pieces, Desert Fountain and the Gathering of Waters project. I find these two pieces especially illuminating, because Irland reveals the nature of water, and also illustrates what our relationship to water should be. The ethical dimension of these pieces illustrates such values as harmony and reciprocity. Her work is a powerful statement about how we, individually and collectively, should interact with the natural world. I will explore each of these pieces in turn, allowing her work to make the connections between what is and what ought to be.
    Thwaites, Vivonne.
  • Karra: Karrawirraparri-River Red Gum-Eucalyptus Camaldulensis
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    Subject Headings:
    • Thwaites, Vivonne, cur. Karra [exhibition]
    • Adelaide Festival (2000)
    • Art, Australian -- Exhibitions.
    Randolph, Sal.
  • Free Words to Free Manifesta: Some Experiments in Art as Gift
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    Subject Headings:
    • Art festivals -- New York (State) -- New York.
    • Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Intellectual life.
    Reid, Herbert G.
    Taylor, Betsy.
  • John Dewey’s Aesthetic Ecology of Public Intelligence and the Grounding of Civic Environmentalism
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dewey, John, 1859-1952 -- Aesthetics.
    • Environment (Aesthetics)
    • Environmentalism.
    Spaid, Sue.
  • A Political Life: Arendtian Aesthetics and Open Systems
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    Subject Headings:
    • Arendt, Hannah -- Contributions in political science.
    • Arendt, Hannah -- Aesthetics.
    • Aesthetics -- Political aspects.
    Brook, Isis.
    Brady, Emily.
  • Topiary: Ethics and Aesthetics
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    Subject Headings:
    • Topiary work -- Moral and ethical aspects.
    • Art and morals.
    Abstract:
      In this paper we discuss ethical and aesthetic questions in relation to the gardening practice of topiary. We begin by considering the ethical concerns arising from the uneasiness some appreciators might feel when experiencing topiary as a manipulation or contortion of natural processes. We then turn to ways in which topiary might cause an 'aesthetic affront' through the humanizing effects of sentimentality and falsification of nature (most often found in representational rather than abstract topiary). Our contention is that successful topiary emerges through a dynamic and positive relationship between topiarist and tree, where the gardener works with nature's forms instead of in strong opposition to them. Appreciation of successful topiary, we shall argue, is marked by an experience of both the tree as a living thing and the artifice which has shaped it.
    Rosenthal, Ann T.
  • Teaching Systems Thinking and Practice through Environmental Art
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    Subject Headings:
    • Biotic communities -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
    • Environmental protection in art.
    • Ecology in art.



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