Inspiration of the Week – Binding Sky

What I’ve looked at this week is a collaborative project between three artists: Andrea Polli, Venaya Yazzie and Esther Belin which is called Binding Sky.

This project looks at how the environment around Navajo areas is changing due to the emissions coming from coal Power Plants. This sparked my interest as there are many things that I am considering for my final third year project and this combine a few of them.

power plant

You are invited to follow a route that begins at a brick bench at Dine College Shiprock in New Mexico. You can download the app or get CDs, audio transcripts and maps from the front desk so that you can follow the route set out by the artists and listen to interviews of tribal members who talk of the spiritual and physical health of the Navajo people and how the coal-fired power plants have affected them.

This projects has elements of politics, the environment and ideas surrounding heritage and identity. These are all things that I am considering looking into for my degree show piece. I am considering journeying around certain areas of Scotland placing/ doing pieces of artwork and am looking at putting the idea of Scottish Identity throughout it.

The thing that I like about this project is that it is interactive and also educational and gets people to think. I also want my work to have these elements to it, so it is great to see it executed in a fashion that works and so I think this will help to germinate my ideas.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites which the work is featured:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Full credit given to the artists, here’s links to their websites:

See you next time 🙂
Róisín -x

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