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To create art, Reading visits national parks, renowned landscapes, beaches and other spots and then paints the location on trash left behind by visitors. The result is stunning. She’s painted flip-flops, keyboards, food wrappers and other trash.
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She told US Park Pass about her work, “As a landscape painter, I couldn’t justify contributing more waste to landfills and further harming the landscapes that have inspired me throughout my life. To confront my own consumption, I started sculpting personal trash into canvases onto which to paint landscapes.”
“I usually carry a backpack with all my art materials,” Reading told Vice. “When I go hiking and find trash along the way, if the elements around me are pleasing and there’s good weather, I usually paint where I found the trash itself. This allows me to view the colour and motion of a place and use it in my art.”
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Reading has traveled across the world chronicling landscapes that are changing fast due to environmental pressures. She tries to paint on-site as much as possible.
“Art is a really powerful medium that allows viewers to connect and engage, and make changes that have a visceral connection,” she told Vice. “That’s something no graph or statistic about Climate change can do.”
Read more about eco-art in One Green Planet, check out “The Plastic Bag Store,” a marine cemetery in India, an art installation of airplane parts, an underwater eco-museum, eco-feminist artists, an eco-friendly street artist, the artists creating Chilean landscapes with plastic waste, and art installations for climate change.
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