Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality


The Eco-art Collective is an activist group of women artists that explores the many connections between creative and environmental practices through exhibitions, educational programs, writings and public actions. It is a member-led group of the Southern California chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art that has met monthly since its founding in 2005.

Their exhibition history spans from a April 2007 exhibition at Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles that included a full color catalogue and DVD to the upcoming Wilderness Mind: Activating Wonder, a May 2015 visual conversation curated by Marie Cenkner, which is a sequel to the 2012 Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality exhibition that at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro that was curated by Deborah Thomas. It is hosted at Modest Fly Studio Gallery in Tujunga, a foothill community of the Angeles National Forest. Group members have also shown together in many exhibitions including Half the Sky: Interventions in Social Practice Art in Shenyang, China. They recently completed a collaborative artwork for the Water Imbalance exhibition (curated by Danielle Eubank and Sandra Mueller) for the 2015 Balance / Unbalance International Conference at Arizona State University at Tempe. Other exhibitions include Blue Planet (juried by Kim Abeles) at SOMArts in San Francisco, Day of the Dead Planet (curated by Deborah Thomas) at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles, Petroleum Paradox (juried by Eleanor Heartney) at Denise Bibro Gallery in New York, Water: A Universal Human Right at Robert Morris State Street Gallery in Chicago, Earth Air Fire Water at McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga and Ecology: the Difference Perception Makes at the Westbeth Gallery in New York City.

The collective engages the regional community through lectures, installations, workshops and collaborative events. They have also taken on national leadership roles in the WCA Eco-Art Caucus and co-organized the 2010 "Elements" eco-art conference at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. To learn more about this ongoing study and practice group, visit scwca.org  or email "SCWCA Eco-Art Collective." 

Artists: Carolyn Applegate, Amy Bauer, Cheryl Bookout, Marie Cenkner, Danielle Eubank, Ann Isolde, J.J. L'Heureux, Katherine Kean, Nancy Lissaman, Meg Madison, Marion Melchiorre, Sandra Mueller, Annemarie Rawlinson, Seda Saar, Louise Wannier and France White.

Ecoarts 2007

Above: Eco-Art Collective Members at Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality exhibition opening: Front row from left to right: Ann Isolde, MaryLinda Moss, France White Back row from left to right: Rachel Finkelstein (non-member), Ulla Barr, Marie Cenkner, Sandra Mueller, Deborah Thomas, Annemarie Rawlinson, Danielle Eubank, Nancy Lissaman. Not shown: Carolyn Applegate, J.J. L'Heureux, Meg Madison, Hiroko Momii.

Ecoarts 2007

Above: From left to right: Deborah Thomas, Ulla Barr, Alexandra Isaievych Mason, Gabriela Sincich, Ann Isolde, Linda Lundell, Jullie Kornblum, Ruth Askren, Sandra Mueller. Not shown: Cathy Salser and Hani Shafran. Note: Linda's teacher Gregor Goethals had artwork in the Eco-Art exhibition at Barnsdall Park. The group agreed to this even though she was in absentia.