Environmental Art Series

Lynn Dodge and Karen Haub are excited to share with you their first collaborative Environmental Art Awareness Series. Lynn is a “found object” artist and Karen is a mixed media” painter. They met at a local art collective where they discovered a mutual passion for the environment and art pieces that spoke to the often fragile balance between humans and their environment. Their combined skills created artwork with a powerful message that neither one of them could have conveyed on their own. 

The five pieces in this series cover such pressing environmental issues as marine debris plastic pollution in our seas, the plight of honey bees due to unregulated pesticides, the development of Cancer Alley along the Mississippi due to the proliferation of petroleum distillate plants, the fall of the Amazon rainforest due to deforestation, and a global increase of forest fires, partly due to the dramatic effects of climate change. Each piece draws the viewer into the current state of environmental affairs, while raising awareness so that viewers may get involved in individual or collective action in their communities, offering hope for a better environmental future. 

For more information about Karen Haub's art click below.

The Fall of the Amazon
24"w x 36"h, Mixed Media Assemblage

The painting captures the light and beauty of the world’s largest and most biodiverse places on earth.  The 10 million old rainforest is home to millions of species that help create and sustain this ecosystem. Forests act as carbon sinks and can remove pollutants from the atmosphere, making them a highly versatile tool to fight air pollution and mitigate climate change. 

With as much as 17% of the forest lost already to deforestation, scientists have warned that decades of human activity has brought the Amazon to a critical “tipping point” 

Last Dance of the Honey Bee
40w" x 30h", Mixed Media Assemblage

This piece developed as Karen and I discussed the plight of the honeybees as they suffer from impaired function, hive collapse, and death due constant exposure to pesticides. The names of some of the pesticides responsible for the near extinction of the bees are collaged into the piece.

Tears of the Sea
30"w x 40"h, Mixed Media Assemblage

The Channel Islands marine debris volunteers are stewards of the ocean who collect and remove plastics and trash that endanger and kill marine and island life native to Santa Cruz Island, this is some of the debris removed from Santa Cruz Island, which acts as a trash barrier to the Santa Barbara and Ventura coastal areas.

Due to its position in the current flow of the Pacific Garbage Patch, a lot of plastic debris littering the ocean washes up on the south facing side of Santa Cruz Island endangering and killing native birds, sea birds, marine life, and island foxes.

River of Forgotten Sorrows
36"w x 24"h, Mixed Media Assemblage

This piece is a tribute to the people who live along an 85 mile long stretch of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, called “Cancer Alley”.  It is called this because of the high number of people living with cancer in the area due to 150 oil refineries and petrochemical plants that have been spewing petrochemical distillates into the air and water since the early 1980’s.  Many of the people in this parishes are dying of cancer and are too poor to move.

Firestorm
38"w x 48"h, Mixed Media Assemblage

Although wildfires occur naturally and play a long-term role in the health of the forest, the dramatic change of wildfire patterns over the decades poise a threat to these ecosystems, life and property. A number of key factors include increased temperatures, drought, warmer & longer seasons, drier soils and the presence of trees, shrubs and other potential fuel.