Cape Cod Home Magazine, Autumn 2021
I am pleased to share some exciting news- my seagrass inspired abstractions have been published in Cape Cod Home Magazine in this Autumns 2021edition, thanks to Anne Lydia’s amazing designs! It has been a sheer joy to collaborate with talented interior designer Anne Mahoney of Anne Lydia LLC. Anne has a keen sense of bringing light into her designs, and combining color, texture in three dimensional form.
The featured painting is “Mapping Seagrass” a large scale abstract map depicting Duxbury Bay. It is about the dual experience of searching and monitoring seagrass with ecologists from NSRWA. The painting depicts the beautiful serene blues of a New England Summer with the concept of declining seagrass meadows. Anne’s ability to relate to the colors of this painting and her passion for our oceans made us a perfect team!
What I love about Anne is her ability to transform spaces in homes that is unique to each of her clients. Her professionalism and love for art makes her fun to work with, and best of all she loves seagrass just like me:)
This article explores her design journey featuring a home in Osterville, MA. The magazine will be out on stands & live online October 4th:
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The book highlights Seagrass meadows as a powerful nature-based climate solution that can help sustain communities hard-hit by stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, but these important ecosystems continue to decline.
“Maintaining the health of seagrass ecosystems – which provide food and livelihoods to hundreds of millions of people, support rich biodiversity, and constitute one of the planet’s most efficient stores of carbon – is important for healthy marine life and for healthy people around the world,” said Susan Gardner, Director of Ecosystems Division. “Seagrasses represent powerful nature-based solutions to the climate challenge and sustainable development.”
Ocean Life Show at Copley Square Hotel’s Art Square Gallery featured in IFDA New England’s Summer Issue !!!
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Check our Artscope Magazine’s March 2019 review of my Seagrass: Ecological Engineers show at Hess Gallery here
UNDER THE SURFACE: NEDRET ANDRE’S ‘SEAGRASS: ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERS’ AT HESS
Bold, whimsical lines and color travel across the canvases in Nedret Andre’s exhibit at Chestnut Hill’s Hess Galley. Stormy blues and fiery corals swirl and collide into each other, creating abstract forms and shapes. Andre’s oil paintings in the collection “Seagrass: Ecological Engineers” delve into the ethereal world of one of the most quickly deteriorating ecosystems on the planet—seagrass. When snorkeling, Andre witnessed this flowering plant thriving off of the sunlight cascading into the waters, giving life to thousands of sea creatures with its production of carbon for food and its safe habitat. This plant so vital to the health of coral reefs and estuaries unfortunately experiences the loss of two football fields worth each hour due to industrial fishing, invasive species and pollution.
Andre captures the fragility, interconnectedness and enchantment of seagrass in “Bridge to Babel,” where warm colors stroked in different shades and weights bend across the canvas in a circular shape. They entwine with scribbled charcoal lines that undulate through blocks of color, representing the linking of shorelines and parts of the sea. An olive green remains constant through the form, representing the seagrass interwoven with unique species. The title of the piece also conjures images of the Biblical Tower of Babel, which introduces themes of language and diversity, similar to the effects of seagrass supporting the ecosystem. Andre experimented with dilutions of oil paint in this piece, giving it depth and a certain gravity that viewers feel when observing the graffiti-like markings and sense of light expanding outwards.
“Bubblegum Somersault” also sinks deep into the habitat creation seagrass provides for animals like the seahorse. Its rectangular blocks of mainly warm colors stacked vertically against a dripping blue background resemble bricks stacked to form a building of sorts, giving it foundation and structure. Andre recognizes that seagrass acts as a “building block” of oceanic life and in this gestural piece, she creates a haven for colorful creatures among the plant. She emphasizes this connection through the tight stacks and the sticky and playful chewing gum title. The stacks reach upwards towards the brightest area as seagrass does, amongst algae that partially blocks the light.
Andre’s creative process reaches for beyond the canvas through her hands-on work in the field of marine ecology. She actively participates in planting new seagrass beds on the ocean floor with scientists who inspire her with their research and advocacy in preserving ocean life. This Boston-based artist hopes to make a difference and educate the general public about seagrass through her involvement and art, which can be interpreted in many ways. Each piece at Hess Gallery’s exhibit is for sale for $250 to $15,000 and part of the proceeds go towards seagrass projects to keep this essential plant and all of the other underwater vegetation, fish, seahorses, sea turtles and octopus flourishing in their natural habitats.
(“Seagrass: Ecological Engineers” remains on view through May 20th at Hess Gallery of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.pmc.edu/current-exhibition or call (617) 731-7157.)
Olivia Kiers, Assistant Curator, Worcester Museum Co-curated the Uprooted Show at Beacon Gallery:
On Color and Crisis – Oct 2018 OliviaKiers
Wicked Local Marblehead, Sep. 2018
Artscope Magazine FB, Oct. 13, 2018
Boston Globe, The Ticket Oct. 10 2018
Venü Magazine, Summer 2018, Issue 39, pg. 18
In Art New England November 2016!!!