FOR THE SEVENTH GENERATION A Community of Coastal Watchers
ABOUT THE PROJECT: Who: A community of coastal watchers What: A 2 foot by one-mile mural of the Oregon, Washington, and California coastline - Exhibiting a selection of paintings from the project When: ONGOING Where: The Elisabeth Jones Art Center
Erik Sandgren, location: Lone Ranch Beach, acrylic on panel, 24 inches x 48 inches, 2019
Sara Mordecai, location: Sharks Fin Cove, acrylic on panel, 24 inches x 48 inches, 2019
A Visual State of the Ocean Address Perhaps each of us has a favorite spot along the coast. Looking out over it, we may find ourselves asking, will it survive? For this reason, 1,320 artists are joining to create For the Seventh Generation, a free-standing, two-foot by mile-long painting dedicated to ocean protection. When the panomural is complete, every mile of the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline will be represented by an artist who has created a four-foot section of the total mural – conceptually a continuous landscape, a panorama of the western coastline. The ocean is continually under threat. Pollution, coastal development, and over fishing all tax the health of its finite system. Without our strong environmental conscience and a voice to express it, threats to the ocean will be left unchallenged and its health subject to the whim and manipulations of politics and industry. This project, extending through the twenty-first century, provides such a voice.
Why Seven Generations The ocean will always be under siege by humans. Problems today will be compounded by the unknown problems of the future. There will always be problems that must be addressed - and short term commitment will not suffice.
Who We Are We are a community of artists interested in contemporary art practices and the possibilities presented when innovation is combined with the artist’s need to address the urgent issue of ocean health. Like a symphony, we as a group can orchestrate – through this project – complexities difficult for the lone virtuoso’s vision, an effort both collective and individual.
Why We Do It We are artists inspired by living things and the landscape, and we want to express this inspiration in an effort that is both collective and individual. Each artist’s creation is one voice in a chorus of ocean paintings. Each painting argues the ocean’s value. The mural is a positive painting of our coastline that lets us speak to people across the nation about the beauty we experience, wish to preserve, and want to use in a rational manner.
CONTACT ejartcenter at gmail dot com TO JOIN OUR GROUP OF COASTAL WATCHERS
Catalogs: View "For the Seventh Generation" catalogs from the Pajaro Valley Arts Center in Watsonville, California, and from the Mendocino Arts Center exhibition. Ocean'sFestival2001.pdf Download File