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I’m Nedret, a full-time SOWA artist working in South End, Boston. I earned my BFA in Painting at Massachusetts College of Art and received my MFA in Visual Arts from Maine College of Art. My abstract oil paintings are process based; exploring color, texture, mark-making, and gestural drawing. I love the way oil paint drips, flows and makes terrific unexplainable combinations. Most of my paintings since 2015 have been about our environment, more specifically about seagrass habitats. My work is inspired by eelgrass restoration projects and my collaborations with local marine ecologist. I love being in the field with these wonderful scientists and helping bring awareness to the vital importance of this ecosystem. Part of the proceeds from each sale or commission is donated to one of the seagrass projects listed below. You can also view my field trips and learn more about the science by clicking here on my blog.
Also check out my art in home section for ideas on how my paintings looks in different settings.
If you are interested viewing the work in person, just email me to arrange a studio visit email@example.com , I’d be happy to show you my current work at Studio 415 on Harrison Ave!
My abstract paintings are about the sensations of life within seagrass beds; the color,
the energy, and interconnectedness of species. Seagrass is a flowering plant that lives
in the shallow salty waters of our oceans and needs light to survive. It is home to
thousands of sea animals including the dugong, manatee, green sea turtle and many
more. Seagrass helps with shore erosion (slows down wave action) and hold down
CO2s in it’s roots. For me, seagrass symbolizes an amazing source of potentiality.
Through my research and collaborations with marine ecologists, I learned about Blue
Carbon, the carbon that is captured and stored by marine ecosystems such as
mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows. This storage function buffers climate
change and ocean acidification. Blue C features paintings and drawings depicting how
important seagrass habitats are not only for ocean life, but for the air we breathe as
Nature already has an amazing way of dealing with pollution we dump into it, to an
extent. Clean water is important not only for seagrass ecosystems that need light to
survive but also us. When we pollute our rivers, estuaries and oceans we get algae
blooms that block light. This results in loss of costal environments that feed and sustain
many species of life, including us. In “When the Tide Floods In” I painted the beautiful
reliance seagrass has within natural rhythms of tides, and the brilliant light. In my
painting “Carbon Capture”, I depict wispy charcoal lines that suggest CO2 in the air. My
abstracted seagrass meadow in the foreground is painted with broad strokes, graffiti like
marks and drips of paint. Small amounts of pink reflections poke through the plant like
matter. I want the viewer to bring their own interpretation and ask more questions. Why
are 20 football fields of seagrass lost everyday? How is Carbon stored in the sediment?
What happens to this natural storage bank when seagrass beds are destroyed? I
portray the quiet beauty and crucial role seagrass plays keeping our air and waters
Interviews with marine ecologists can be found here
For my latest CV click NedretAndreCV2018
Very excited that Katiba Das chose to interview both marine ecologist Alyssa Novak and my self!
You can help protect our waters by contacting your congress people by clicking here:
For volunteering with Alyssa Novak’ s seagrass conservation group email Hanna:
So excited to donate part of my proceeds to ocean awareness and eelgrass conservation efforts:
I am a member of the following associations
Here are some of my favorite marine ecology web sites