John K Melvin: Site Specific Environmental Artist
“I am an international eco-artist making site-specific art boldly engaging the public in progressive dialog on the intersection of art, nature, and community”
The 21st century is a paradox. We know we are in a geologic age defined by human activity, the Anthropocene, and yet, we are caught in a monumental battle of evolution in our thinking and culture. The question for each of us, is what we will do with our knowledge. If we are self-aware, what are we going to do next? I am a site-specific artist, investigating our cultural response to a scientific reality, and I use my art to engage in public debate. Using project specific methods, I often upcycle materials and environmental pollutants, as I make eco-art in the public realm. Conceptually, I play with themes of absence and presence, as ultimately, I wonder what will be perceived of our species and culture, when we are gone.