For the latest years I’ve had the feeling that I needed to make a bigger effort to reduce waste in my home and at work.
It is not an easy task in painting conservation, when we are taught at school to clean a painting using one cotton swab for every square centimeter. In my drawing classes it is not rare to see sheets of paper used only once for a tiny sketch and then thrown away with the garbage.
Habits need to be changed, and I think this is the biggest step we all need to make towards reducing our waste and our supposedly need for single-use items.
It is truly important to help the younger generation realise the environmental impact of our daily choices: at home, at school, in art class!
My art class Wasteland Wonderland starting in September at the Institut Français in Stavanger (Norway) will have multiple goals:
1. Have fun and be creative
2. Learn about sustainability and how to contribute
3. From trash to treasure, and not the other way around: recycle waste to create useful objects and beautiful works of art that will NOT end up in the trash!
The course will end with an exhibition at the Institut Français. The children’s production will be auctioned and the money raised will be donated to a local green association - yet to be revealed.