Wold creates art as a reflection of pollution

on Thursday,February 03,2011 21:02


Litter is typically unsightly, but for one artist in Baltimore, Maryland, it provided a wake-up call to do something about the environment. Recently, Eileen Wold held an exhibit at the University of Maryland, displaying debris picked up from the Inner Harbor and Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, according to the Baltimore Sun. Her goal was to open the eyes of individuals who overlook trash as a growing environmental problem.

As an artist, Wold creates pictures of inspiring natural landscapes. However, she says the garbage that litters her local community has made it difficult to do her job.

"I trained as a landscape painter," Wold told the news source. "It's a difficult political problem, because you need industry and you need jobs ... [but] we need to be more responsible."

Wold does not like when industry analysts refer to her work as "eco-art." She told the news source that her pieces are simply her reaction to the research she does on her local community. Individuals who are interested in making an effort to go green and enter the art industry may be inspired by Wold's work.

Employment of artists is expected to increase by 12 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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