Art, Culture Change, Sustainabilty: The Work of Terry O’Day

By Julie Alderson.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Issues of sustainability are central to the life and work of artist Terry O’Day. Her deep concern with our dysfunctional relationship to the planet, and her strong desire to fundamentally alter that relationship, drive much of her activity. Through her current artistic practice, O’Day strives to generate substantial shifts in thought and action within her local community, thereby moving it toward a more sustainable future. While her methodology may not at first clearly identify itself as art, it does indeed have ties to her more traditional ways of art making, and illustrates how artists, as culture workers, can effect significant cultural change.

Keywords: Art, Craft, Sustainability, Permaculture, Education, Community Building

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.131-138. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 553.030KB).

Julie Alderson

Assistant Professor of Art History, Art Department, Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, USA

Dr. Julie Alderson serves as an Assistant Professor of Art History, as well as the Director of the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Her specialization is in the area of American and European Art, 1860 to the present. Her particular research interests include topics in modern sculpture, public art, and Land Art, as well as museum methodology and theory.


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