by Greg Patch
We can honor the environment with “beautiful” imagery, but, until we begin to use materials that are not toxic to ourselves and the environment we are not realising the energies involved.
- most paintings/paints are composed of toxic chemicals,
petro-oils, plastics and heavy metals along with
preservatives and fungicides like formaldehyde
- most paintings/paints also produce off gases that
increase the toxicity of the environment in which they are
manufactured and displayed.
- present labeling of art materials as non-toxic is solely regulated
by self interested fine art paint industry representatives.
Please take a few moments to visit my website gallery http://www.greenartstudio.com. The medium I use is beeswax (a sustainable) and pigments carefully selected for their non toxic characteristics. They are “food container safe”. The papers I am using are sustainably harvested plant based materials or recycled cotton fabric. More in depth writing on toxins in the visual arts can be found on my website at http://www.greenartstudio.com/beeswax.html
This summer I presented these materials in a class for elementary age students at our local community center and to adults at a local art facility. Both groups were excited with the materials and in integrating environmental awareness/lifestyle in their art work.