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Connecting with Nature through Art: An Ecopsychological Exploration
With Dr. Britain Scott, University of St. Thomas psychology professor, and artists Michelle Kaisersatt and Kimber Olson
This program is free of charge, but reservations should be made online.
Artists Michelle Kaisersatt and Kimber Olson will be joined by University of St. Thomas Professor of Psychology and former Director of Environmental Studies Dr. Britain Scott to delve into the ways art may help connect people to non-human nature.
A fundamental premise of ecopsychology is the idea that contemporary urban-industrial lifestyles erode our innate sense of connection to the rest of the natural world, compromising both individual and planetary well-being. Healing this rift is a vital part of a sustainable future.
In their ceramic and textile sculptures, Kaisersatt and Olson use materials and forms found in nature to express a deep connection with the natural environment and concerns about ecological degradation. As Kaisersatt writes, “I am inspired by nature, beauty that surrounds us and the emotional roiling that is occurring at this point in our history.” Olson adds, “My practice is guided by the belief that art can be a tool for mending disconnections between culture and nature.”
Informed by ecopsychology, Dr. Scott will engage the artists and audience in a conversation about the role art may play in fostering ecological connectedness and concern.