My work is classified as environmental art and encompasses many mediums including site specific ephemeral and permanent works, installation, writing, video, photography and painting. I work with dreams and deep intuition in response to sites in the natural world. I am interested in issues of identity, especially indigenous cultures, including my own, nature, the environment, technology and globalization – questioning how our identities are shaped by the land while also exploring how technology can be integrated into that understanding. Much of my work is an attempt to provide the viewer with a starting point to begin contemplating their own landscape and possibly their part in its preservation.
Think of it — our physical bodies are made up of stardust, ancient dinosaur bones, trillions of cells that communicate with other cells, water that is controlled by the moon just as the tides are – water that is affected by our very thoughts. We breathe air that has been recirculating around the globe for millennia – we breathe the same air that our ancient ancestors once did. We are interwoven into the very fabric of the Earth – the Earth is interwoven into each of our physical beings. We also share these physical connections, and are further interwoven, with every other living being on this planet. We each carry genetic memories within us, for at one time all of our ancestors lived in harmony with the Earth and understood the delicate balance between what was seen and what was intuited. You are a sacred being and deeply connected with every other sacred being: every tree, every rock, every drop of water, every molecule of air, every animal, fish and insect. We are all one.
As well as being an environmental artist and designer, I’m also a writer. The first book of the, Hunters of the Dream Trilogy, a YA fantasy fiction set on Salt Spring Island. I’m also the co-creator, and chief flower farmer, at Alchemy Farm on Salt Spring Island.
View my environmental art projects at: www.Ingrid-Koivukangas.com