Laura Donkers

  • 'planting is drawing' A long term project that considers the act of planting as drawing, viewed from a bio-cultural perspective, i.e. exploring the dependency between culture and lands, and the adaption of the natural to the human and how the human inter adapts to the natural. The 'untitled' works are presented as 3 x single channel video projections that lead the viewer into the planted world of the Finnish forest: a man made construction. The walkway leads the viewer across peat lands that have recently been reinstated after it was noted that over drainage to encourage better tree growth had diminished the bio diversity. The stunted form of the Spruce and Pines amongst the subtle flora of the forest floor juxtaposed with the surrounding flourishing forest bears testament to the desires of man to improve production at the uncalculated cost to other concerns.
  • Outdoor studio, Arteles, Finland, 2011
  • The Nature of a Finding (2011) Pigment inks on water colour paper 1000cmx150cm
  • Cove (2012) Natural pigment, egg yolk, graphite, charcoal, pastel on water colour paper 1000cm x 150cm Photo credit: Mark James
  • Langass Wood (2010) Chinese ink, graphite, charcoal, peat water, gesso on paper 1000cm x 150cm

I am an environmental artist based in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. My work focuses on the principle that consciousness is the faculty of our whole body not just our mind. In our increasingly encoded, intellectually based lives I want to show how ‘thinking through the body’ can expand our abilities to perceive and imagine.

My company EArtH | Environmental Art Hebrides Ltd. is an innovative contemporary arts practice that undertakes a range of environmental and fine art projects. My work as an artist is inspired by the bio cultural links between people and the landscapes they inhabit. My practice has evolved during a long, physical learning process in land based disciplines. I produce experiential works on paper and HDV Video. My work challenges the viewer to look closer, move around and explore, expanding their awareness of what is here and now.

In addition EArtH stimulates and educates a move towards more rounded thinking on the environment through artist-led workshops that engage children and young adults with their environment by demonstrating how ‘embodied thinking’ can expand our ways of knowing more about our world.

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    • Keske, Clachan
    • Isle Of North Uist HS6 5HD
    • 0044 7562980287

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