Art is normally seen as something that people buy to beatify their homes and other buildings of interest. There also exists a special type of art that gets us thinking about the environment around us – EcoArt.

EcoArt focuses on art that has to do with systems and interrelationships within our environment. It creates awareness, and encourages the long-term respect for the natural systems we coexist with. Basically, it brings to light the issue of the environment and its fragile state.

Here are 5 artists and their pieces that will get you thinking about the critical issue of global warming, deforestation and other pertinent issues plaguing our planet today.

1. Sandhi Schimmel Gold


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Sandhi describes her pieces as “a purposeful mix of thousands of pieces [of handmade] images and text … to assemble a newly envisioned portrayal of beauty, utilizing materials that would otherwise go to waste." She uses any eco-friendly material that has been discarded via the unique technique of acrylic mosaic fusion to create thought-provoking pieces.

Her beautiful pieces have a strong environmental message that will definitely leave the viewer in deep thought.

You can learn more about her philosophy and her at her website.

2. Nele Azevedo

Melting Men
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The art Nele Azevedo creates will leave a lasting impression on the viewer for sure. Why? The visual art piece above aptly titled “Melting Men” acts as a powerful wake up call to everyone regarding the issue of global warming that has resulted in increasing temperatures.

By showcasing a multitude of ice sculpted figures that seem to sit in contemplation as the real heat slowly melts away their bodies acts more than a metaphor for our current state, as well as a potential real-life scenario.

To check out more pieces or exhibitions, check out his website.

3. Chris Jordan

Plastic Cups
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What does the piece above look like it’s made of? If you guessed plastic cups, then you are spot on. His piece above “Plastic Cups” depicts 1 million plastic cups, which is shockingly equivalent to the number of cups used on airline flights in the US every six hours. That is a lot of plastic being used!

He takes pictures of everyday objects and uses digital art to rearrange them to get one cohesive art piece. He likes people to take a closer look at his work and scrutinize the details behind it, which often leaves viewers with an unpleasant feeling. In the artist's own words, his pieces are “almost [like] a magic trick; inviting people to a conversation that they didn’t want to have in the first place."

Do check out more pieces from his ongoing project titled “Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait.” All the pieces like the one shown above have to do with our consumption patterns and remind us that resources are scarce and we need to keep our habits in check.

4. Guineviere Low

CULTURE OF WASTE: COMFORT

An artist on The Commissioned site, Guineviere Low is an artist who uses her art to make a statement. In recent works, she explores into the term “Culture of Waste,” particularly in food wastage and the transformation of consumer goods. Her works and titles of the pieces even force the viewer to reflect and think about issues that are affecting us this day and age. It is art that makes us ponder over our actions and evoke emotions and hopefully change within. Check out Guineviere Low's collection now.

5. Rosanne Croucher

Rosanne Croucher is another artist featured on The Commissioned. She is a contemporary landscape oil painter, whose main source of artistic inspiration comes from spending time outdoors. Her piece below titled "The Tresspass" will get the viewer thinking about the environment at first glance. Are we sacrificing Mother Nature for our own needs a bit too much? This piece is great in provoking emotions and thoughts from its viewers as it is bold and immediate.

The Tresspass

Rosanne has many other beautiful pieces with regards to nature that you can view here.

We all have a part to play to preserving our environment. It is important for us to ponder over these issues, and what better way to do so other than art - the most visual medium. We hope these pieces have inspired you to create your own ecologically-inspired art today!