"I believe that the creativity of artists can be applied to real world problems and can have an effect on urgent social and environmental issues. I am increasingly aware that the greatest challenge faced by other species is the need for change in human values and attitudes toward conflicting rights, wants, and needs. I hope my work offers models for equitable solutions." ~ Lynne Hull
The Arts & Healing Network is delighted to present the 2007 AHN Award to environmental artist Lynne Hull.
For over 20 years, Lynne Hull has pioneered “trans-species” art, creating sculptural installations that provide wildlife habitat enhancement and eco-atonement for human impact. As she explains, “my client list includes hawks, eagles, pine martin, osprey, owls, spider monkeys, salmon, butterflies, bees, frogs, toads, newts, bats, beaver, songbirds, otter, rock hyrax, small desert species, waterfowl and occasional humans.” International in scope, her work has been installed in 14 states and 8 countries including Kenya, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Currently she is working on Migration Mileposts, linking communities in the hemisphere who share migratory birds, and she recently completed East Drake Pondworks, a major Art in Public Places for the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, where she lives.
The Arts & Healing Network applauds Lynne for being part of the solution to our current environmental crisis, and for her firm belief that artists’ creativity can be effectively applied to the urgent situations we face today.
Upon receiving the award, Lynne wrote the following:
"I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the Arts & Healing Network for your support of my work for the upcoming year. As we know, the political, social and environmental conditions of the world are very discouraging. I gather my hope from the many artists and other creative individuals who are coming forward to help heal and re-direct this situation toward a more positive future. In many cultures, artists are seen as visionaries and healers. In our [culture] it too often seems as if we have been told our role is to produce objects for the luxury consumer market - an activity I no longer want to support when I see consumerism as one of the major drivers of the loss of wildlife and biodiversity.
I hope to use some of this funding to work with two wonderful young women artists in Latin America who are also working toward bringing awareness and offering alternative models to the challenges faced by environmental degradation around the globe. We hope to share our skills and knowledge with other artists in their areas to bring this message of opportunity and need for change to a wider appreciation. My thanks also to all the other artists who struggle to follow this path, and whose light guides in the dark times.
As Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes wrote so eloquently in her essay, Do Not Lose Heart -
'One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these, to be fierce and to show mercy towards others, both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.'"
To learn more about Lynne's work, visit her web site.
Listen to Lynne Hull speak about her work by using this audio player below:
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