EARTH ART STUDIO is an arts movement conceived by artists, Sylvia Grace Borda and J.Keith Donnelly, to examine the role of land art in creating a positive series of actions to impact climate change. The artists are inviting writers, artists, critics, activists, community engaged groups, planners, engineers, landscape architects, designers, horticulturalists, farmers, the public and anyone with a passion about the environment into a global collaboration about how to incorporate climate design practices directly into land management and nature preservation. The artists believe 'we stand stronger together through the Arts and Nature.'
Sylvia Grace Borda is the founder of Climate Arts for Resilient Environments (C.A.R.E), Women4Climate Fellow, and an advocate about the role of the arts can play in supporting both the built and natural environment.
She is an award winning artist recognised in Canada and abroad for her exploration of photography, including drone video, Google Street View, 3-D film installation, net art, architecture, and eco-art works often produced in the context of community engagement and sustained social benefit.
Sylvia’s works respond to questions of value. Her working processes are about attempting to add/shift value of how her subjects are considered by the public. As an artist, she often selects what appear to be topics unworthy of social or aesthetic response.
Sylvia lives and works on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders where she lives and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Indigenous peoples across the globe.
J.Keith Donnelly is a Scottish interdisciplinary visual artist working across a range of media. Keith is particularly well known for his sculptural accomplishment, observational,+ architectural drawings, and is also a trained botanical artist. He completed his certificate of Botanical Arts from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2016.
Over the last 5 years Keith has been working on public art research and project work in Canada, Latvia, and Finland. He has been shortlisted for key visual art commissions over this year for UNESCO World Heritage site at Kinnell House (Antoine Wall), Vasiant Developers Edinburgh, and Dundee City walkways program in Scotland. He has been engaged in the climate arts in recent through several projects including the production of Snow Cameras at Mustarinda Arts Centre, Finland (2016), Apple mural sketches for Serde Arts Centre, Aizpute, Latvia (2016-17), Flora plates, Pollock House, Glasgow, to name a few. He is a Saltire Award winner for Architectural ceramics, one of the highest awards assigned to an artist working in the built environment.