The "Defend The Earth" digital art gallery is a eight-artist, thematic online gallery show curated as part of Santa Ana's participation in the global Placemake Earth movement to raise awareness between climate change and the power of our local communities to make change.
Enjoy these artistic works by creatives in our city who are speaking to the ecological, social and psychological shifts imperative to building a climate resilient Santa Ana and world.
Untitled by Adriana Martinez
Scorched by Jonathan Martinez (9”x12” on Panel / Mixed Media / $550 )
Contaminated Playground by Federico Medina ( 16x20 / Print: $200 )
Organic Transformation by Manuel Cortez (palm frond sculpture)
SAVE EARTH by Gene Jimenez
Artist Satement: The elephant is an endangered species, and whenever I paint elephants, I’m actually painting what I reference as ‘family’ since elephants also are family oriented species, stay connected to family members for life and respect their dead and elders by actually burying them and visiting their graves annually.
The butterfly, for me, is transformation of the human spirit. Our willingness to do whatever it takes, even like the butterfly in that it actually dies during its own transformation to become a butterfly and fly.
Both of these were designed into poster prints that were never used to promote saving the earth. In SAVE EARTH, we must address climate change as much as we value the lives of our own families and for that matter, our own selves. Be willing to transform ourselves, however uncomfortable and by any means necessary. We cannot disrespect our fore fathers who fought, died and worked endlessly to give us the world we have, only to destroy it out of our unwillingness to care for each other and ourselves.
SAVE EARTH is saving art. We are saving creation itself. No other creation is more wondrous on the planet than the planet itself. The planet has NO PROBLEM being creative. It is we who are the issue. We are in the way of its creativity and lest we be ignorant, it will find a creative way to continue its journey, with our without us. It always does.
Let Us Fly by Denise Moritz ($550 framed in black or $400 without)
La MamaPacha by Alicia Rojas / Santa Ana Community Artist(a) Coalition
The "Defend The Earth" digital art gallery was one of 27 actions taking place in 14 countries as part of the Placemake Earth challenge. Through the PlacemakingUS network, our local efforts were connected to similar community-driven projects in New Zealand, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Mexico, Norway and beyond.
Defend the Earth Gallery curated by Madeleine Spencer and Ryan Smolar
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“Change has to begin with us as individuals. Art can be used as a tool to empower people to believe that we can bring about that change within our own capacity.”
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