Universal Journal of Plant Science Vol. 3(4), pp. 77 - 86
DOI: 10.13189/ujps.2015.030404
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When Plants Become Precious: Art, Culture, and Environmental Crises


Evelyn A. Armstrong *
P.O. Box 249 Merritt, B.C. V1K 1B8, Canada

ABSTRACT

Drawing on the multidisciplinary literature of visual culture, ecological theory, ecofeminism, and environmental philosophy, I trace developments in environmental art to join in the ethico-aesthetic. This tradition calls for reflective thought on the value of subjective perception and distinctive lived experiences. It also calls for respect for sentiment, imagination, and creative expression. To a greater degree, regardless of how bleak things appear, the ethico-aesthetic paradigm calls for getting involved in practical activities that have a future. In relation to art, my inquiry follows a range of cultural activities that support ideas about reuniting humanity with the beauty of the natural world. Through practical engagements, environmental artistic practices also support conservation and the protection of endangered ecological systems. Informed by the art cannon of unity and beauty, my focus is to exemplify artistic practices that ascribe value to nature for the sake of nature. From this line of thought, my presentation conveys the theme of hope for a good outcome for Planet Earth.

KEYWORDS
Environmental Art, Practical Activities, and the Theme of Hope

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Evelyn A. Armstrong , "When Plants Become Precious: Art, Culture, and Environmental Crises," Universal Journal of Plant Science, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 77 - 86, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/ujps.2015.030404.

(b). APA Format:
Evelyn A. Armstrong (2015). When Plants Become Precious: Art, Culture, and Environmental Crises. Universal Journal of Plant Science, 3(4), 77 - 86. DOI: 10.13189/ujps.2015.030404.