About me

I am a visual artist and activist with a focus on the environment and how people engage with it. I am concerned about humankind’s devastating impact on planet Earth, our home. Through my art I hope to instigate social change that benefits humanity and the environment. My wish is that my art will inspire hope despite the massive challenges we face.

I believe art has the power to shift consciousness. I try to make art that gently facilitates thought, starts a conversation and initiates change. Art can present new ideas in an engaging way and as the world is facing so many challenges right now, I am playing my part to make the world a better place for us all. I aim to raise awareness about the unprecedented environmental problems we are facing – climate change, mass extinctions of species, plastic pollution – we are in a climate emergency and I feel an urgency to convey that message in my art.

​Background

I worked as an art teacher, then graphic designer, and am now a full time artist, living and working on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung, on the Surfcoast in Victoria, Australia. I have a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) and in 2016 I travelled to Florence to study traditional oil painting techniques.

In 2019 I was a semi-finalist in the Lester Art Prize with my self-portrait Our Addiction to Convenience and was a finalist in the Blacktown City Art Prize with a still life painting of single use plastic items, Artefacts of the Anthropocene.

 

For the last three years I have been involved in various socially-engaged art projects which focus on the environment including Sunrise Postcards, The Plastic Catch Project, The Black Finch Project, Climate Badges and Frontlines.

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''We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors; ​
we borrow it from our children."

 

Awards

 

Semifinalist in The Lester Prize for Portraiture 2019

Finalist in Blacktown City Art Prize 2019

 

In the Media

 

'Hope rises in postcard art', Geelong Advertiser,
17 July 2020, pg 4

 

'Adani opponents mail bird art to politicians in silent protest'

ABC News Online, 18 July 2019

'Creative Cause', Geelong Advertiser, GT Magazine feature

3 August 2019

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© 2019 Deirdre Boeyen Carmichael