On the Rise: Environmental Art That Inspires Global Action
Culturally Art Collective is an international non-profit organization founded with the objective of making art accessible to everyone. The founders of this online platform strongly believe in using art as a tool for change and social justice. The organization constantly gives artists of different backgrounds opportunities to bring their unique voices to the global art scene. This time, Culturally Art Collective is hosting a virtual exhibition titled On the Rise, which is dedicated to highlighting the pressing issue of climate change.
On the Rise is the wake-up call the world needs
On the Rise features collages, mixed media, photographs, and digital art pieces that focus on the ways climate change impacts everything around us, from nature and animals to the Global South and the indigenous communities who suffer displacement and inequality as a result of the ongoing hunt for resources and money.
We live in a time when generalizing statements like “the Earth would be better off without people” are dropped casually. Hence, it is more important than ever to center humans who continue to suffer at the hands of those in power. On the Rise features Tessa Teixeira’s paintings that provide a view from the inside of the global catastrophe. The name of one of her works — “Anyone Can Become a Refugee” — puts a period in the discussion of who can become a victim of climate change. The truth is it will inevitably come to every one of us.
Animals are extremely vulnerable in the face of climate change. Katerina Tsebro’s artwork aims to bring attention to the issue of animal rights protection. In her digital paintings, the animals are presented as futuristic crystallized figures in the middle of their natural habitat.
Carol Galiñanes presents a series of photographs titled “We Are Trash.” Her work captures the effects of human activity on the fragile body of the planet. The artist often focuses her art on the damage that the fast fashion industry causes to the environment and on the way climate change influences the socioeconomic situation in the world.
Inspiring mixed-media pieces by Bakula Nayak urge people to join forces to protect the earth and take action through metaphoric imagery. She portrays the struggle of trying to carry on in this world in a way that is almost humorous but emotionally evocative at the same time.
On the Rise is on view through March 31. The exhibition features works by fourteen established artists and takes place at the Culturally Art Collective’s 360-degree Virtual Gallery. Make sure you do not miss this mind-altering experience. Enjoying art has never been easier!