"I believe the collaboration of art and life is the key to unlocking the unlimited potential of the universe"
Jesse Etelson - EcoArtist and Art Educator. 2013 “Honoring the Next Generation” Art and Healing Network Award recipient. 2010 EcoArt South Florida Apprenticeship graduate. 10+ years of teaching experience in Montessori, public K-12 and Adult-Senior Art Ed (Art Therapy). BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Jesse was mentored by pioneering Ecological Artists, Betsy Damon and Lynne Hull. His multi-media, site-specific works include animals and human residents in restoration of native wildlife habitat, cleaning natural water sources and community rejuvenation. His process is highly collaborative, incorporating arts, journalism, education and science. His workshops are focused on communities most at risk of negative environmental impacts and habitat disruption. His interactive performances/happenings at the restoration sites are documented and exhibited in public spaces, science centers and art galleries.
The “Habitat Sculpture” are curvaceous forms constructed from recycled invasive (non-native) vegetation. They slowly degrade to provide refuge for wildlife while installed native plants grow to maturity. The project sites become outdoor classrooms for years of community engagement while protecting fragile ecosystems and filtering water. Jesse's studio work reflects a more deconstructive side of his EcoArt practice. He appropriates memes and pop culture collage to highlight humanity’s tragically absurd and resilient nature. His ghostly drawings, paintings and sculpture of hollowed tree trunks and gnarled branches conjure dark narratives ironically as the macabre forms become the foundation of his healthy habitats. The natural death and decay needed to spawn new life echo’s themes of synchronicity, balance and harmony.
He is the founding member of Artists for Climate Action and River Justice League. Activist art groups fighting for native habitat, clean water and climate action in South Florida. Especially in his home on the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most Bio-diverse estuaries on earth. Jesse’s mission is to spread joy through art and save endangered ecosystems around the world. Through his projects students/volunteers learn to protect wildlife and restore water quality through bio-filtration. His educational programs enrich community stewardship and provide economic opportunities for sustainable permaculture and eco-tourism.
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