Artist Statement

 

Celeste Sterling in garden

Ecology, environment and our connection with nature are the central themes of my creative work. 

I make art with plants – sometimes it is a temporary artwork, using seasonal foliage or an ecological project. I also make artworks with traditional artist’s materials, building up an image of a garden, forest or ecosystem with a nature printing technique. 

Nature printing is an old technique whereby an image is created by “printing” with leaves, petals and seeds that have paint or ink applied to them. I use this technique to explore ecological and environmental themes in a direct and meditative way, inviting the viewer to look closer at nature, to discover the small details of plants and the natural patterns in each leaf, flower and tree. I believe that part of my role as an artist is to nurture our connection to nature and to encourage us to treat our environment with care and respect.

Celeste Sterling 2020

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A little note about Patreon – if you like my art and my artist blog, I would like to invite you to join my creative community on Patreon as a subscriber. Patreon is a subscription service for creators where you can get access to exclusive artworks and behind-the-scenes content. Patrons get beautiful fine art prints from me to print out each month, for as little as US$1 per creation. Patreon enables creators the chance to make non-commercial and experimental art – you can directly support my ecological art projects by becoming a Patron. Patreon.com/celestesterling