Eco-art to Save the Surf


"Titan's Rorschach" by environmental artist Felicity Nove.

Some eco-artists are dumpster divers and practice reuse because found materials are cheaper than purchasing new canvases, paints and supplies. That's a good enough reason to upcycle. But Australian artist and environmentalist Felicity Nove has another ulterior motive in her artwork. As seen in the above "Titan's Rorschach," from her upcoming exhibit, she paints on sustainably farmed Gessoboard. So does her title reference Saturn's moon or the Greek gods? With the titanic size of the 10-panel painting above and Nove's expression, perhaps both. Her solo show, titled, "Life Lines, Heredity Pour: New Brighton, System of Lineage," features a series of abstract works on a theme about the interconnected relationships in nature - and its underlying disturbances. Inspired by her own environmental heritage, the artist grew up in Australia with an affinity for the preservation of the environment.

Besides creating on sustainably harvested panels, Nove's canvases use recycled aluminum stretchers. She's influenced by her father, also an artist, and an engineer who works on designing sustainable energy schemes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He founded a World Heritage exhibition, bringing awareness of the planet's great preserves through paintings created in the natural environment.

Making her mark with mark-making

Nove's paintings explore the process of layering and dripping paint, suggesting patterns and presences evoked in her imagery. With an interest in the history of mark-making, she spoke to the intention behind her technique, telling Artslant:

The question that I'm posing with these paintings is how to live consciously within our environment, especially as we are continually bombarded with stimuli. These new fluid paintings spill over, disrupt and collide in much the same way as our contemporary life experience.

Critic and curator Peter Frank aptly describes Nove's imaginative art as lyrical. "[Her] liquid abstractions describe ambiguous but luminous spaces that conflate land and water, flora and fauna, earth and sky." To emphasize her passion for the planet, 10% of sales from Nove's artwork will be donated the Project Save Our Surf Foundation, an organization dedicated to the conservation of the oceans and their delicate marine ecosystems.

Her artwork has been included in group shows and catalogs, was even commissioned for Fox television's "Better off Ted," and she's received an award in production design from the Art Directors Guild of America. This is Nove's first solo show, opening with a reception this Saturday night at LA Arts Association/Gallery 825, running through March 12. If you're in the LaCienega neighborhood, float on in for an in-person viewing.

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Venice Biennale Has Artists' Boat and an Eco Note
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