Researcher

Ms Louise Fowler-Smith

My Expertise

Eco or Environmental Art.   Media expertise include Photographic art, Painting, Multi media

Biography

Louise Fowler-Smith

Artist, Honorary Academic & Founder of the Tree Veneration Society.

As an eco-artist Louise aims to promote new, experimental ways of perceiving the land in the 21st century. She believes that how we perceive and contemplate the land effects how we respond to the land. Her work investigates Anthropocene extinction, environmental justice and climate adaptation and rests at the intersection between the aesthetic approach to...view more

Louise Fowler-Smith

Artist, Honorary Academic & Founder of the Tree Veneration Society.

As an eco-artist Louise aims to promote new, experimental ways of perceiving the land in the 21st century. She believes that how we perceive and contemplate the land effects how we respond to the land. Her work investigates Anthropocene extinction, environmental justice and climate adaptation and rests at the intersection between the aesthetic approach to art and the ethical.

For the past 20 years her practice-led research has focused on the veneration of trees, a subject she was drawn to for the magnitude of their environmental significance and their universal, pan-religious symbolic importance. She has researched the significance of ‘the Tree’ historically, culturally, symbolically, politically, scientifically and how perceptual shifts through imaging and disseminating the images can activate change and contribute to creating new insights into environmental issues. Her work has been important to the culturalisation of nature in mobilising artworld discourses where the meaning-making of trees has been transacted through the interweaving of the interconnected threads of their intellectual, conceptual, scientific, aesthetic, social, transcultural associations.

After traveling across the majority of India over a 10-year period she has published articles on the practice of adorning trees as an act of veneration or worship, and how this practice protects trees from loggers. Publications include,

  • Adorning and Adoring: The Sacred Trees of India. Special Issue on Sacred Trees, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture. USA. [JSRNC  12.3 (2018) 261-284] JSRNC (print) ISSN 1749-4907 http://doi.org.10.1558/jsrnc.33347 JSRNC (online) ISSN 1749-4915. Equinox Publishing Ltd 2018, 415 The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX.
  • Hindu Tree Veneration as a mode of Environmental Encounter. Published in Leonardo -The Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology. Volume 42, Number 1 Edition. Pps 43 – 51. Coloured Photograph P.9. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/42/1 - under general articles

Louise has also published articles and book chapters on interdisciplinary teaching led by the Arts, such as her book chapter,

  • Can Interdisciplinary Teaching Led by the Arts Contribute to the Debate on Contemporary Environmental Issues? in ‘Building Sustainability with the Arts’. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, England. ISBN (10): 1-4438-9133-9. ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-9133-2.
  • The Importance of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in Education and beyond for the Future of our Environment. ACUADS Conference 2015: Art & Design Education in the Global 24/7. ISBN: 978-0-9942868-1-9

And interdisciplinary work such as,

Along with her written publications Louise is a visual artist. Her creative process is similar to that of a painter, whereby she layers or glazes light onto specially chosen trees, concentrating on their individual qualities or personality. Alone and in the quiet of the night in a variety of landscapes she ‘burns’ the light onto medium format film through long exposures, sometimes for nearly an hour. Her artistic work to date has focused on Trees in Australia, India, Japan, Italy and France, as can be seen on her website.

Louise has exhibited and presented at conferences both nationally and internationally, including in America, Great Britain, Ireland, France, the Netherlands and Japan . In 2108 Louise held a solo exhibition with the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in France. Titled Portraits d’Arbres Remarquables Illuminés, the exhibition honours some of the Remarkable Trees of France, and includes nocturnal images taken in the Jardin des Plantes and the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris along with the Parc du Petit Trianon and the Arboretum de Versailles-Chèvreloup in Versailles.  

To view samples of Louise’s work please visit http://www.louisefowlersmith.com


My Research Activities

Most recent exhibitions and publications include,

PUBLICATIONS

2018               Adorning and Adoring: The Sacred Trees of India. Special Issue on Sacred Trees, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture. USA. [JSRNC  12.3 (2018) 261-284] JSRNC (print) ISSN 1749-4907 http://doi.org.10.1558/jsrnc.33347 JSRNC (online) ISSN 1749-4915. Equinox Publishing Ltd 2018, 415 The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX.

2017               Can Interdisciplinary Teaching Led by the Arts Contribute to the Debate on Contemporary Environmental Issues? Book chapter in ‘Building Sustainability with the Arts’. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, England. ISBN (10): 1-4438-9133-9. ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-9133-2

2015               The Importance of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in Education and beyond for the Future of our Environment. ACUADS Conference 2015: Art & Design Education in the Global 24/7. ISBN: 978-0-9942868-1-9

2013                Rethinking mine remediation via transformative experimental art practice. Fowler-Smith L, Murray A, Keys-Statham C, Taplin RE. Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly 33(4) 2013 Publisher URL. ISSN 0727-1239

2013                Balance-Unbalance 2013 International Conference. Central Queensland University. Noosa. QLD. Peer-reviewed papers. ISBN: 978-1-921047-73-2 “The Importance of Perception to Environmentalism”. http://www.balance-unbalance2013.org/program-proceedings.html

2012                Arena Journal. Review of Crisis Complex. Exhibition, Tin Sheds, Sydney

2010                The 2010 International Association for Environmental Philosophy Conference, "Geo-Aesthetics in the Anthropocene”. Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, USA. “New Perceptions – Sacred Trees”.

2009                Hindu Tree Veneration as a mode of Environmental Encounter. Published in Leonardo -The Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology. Volume 42, Number 1 Edition. Pps 43 – 51. Coloured Photograph P.9. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/42/1 - under general articles

SELECTED AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020                Portraits of Extraordinary Trees, Illuminated. Solo Exhibition.The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. 21 March - 5 April

2019                Arboreal Narratives: A Multidisciplinary exhibition in Honour of Trees. Group exhibition. Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney. Curator & Artist. 15 October - 2 November.

2018                Portraits d’Arbres Remarquables Illuminés/Portraits of Remarkable Trees Illuminated. Solo Exhibition.  Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle, Arboretum de Chevrèloup, Versailles, France.

2018                Grace Cossington Smith Biennial Art Award and Exhibition. Finalist. GCS Gallery. 3 – 24 November. Sydney

2018                Awareness of Between-ness:  Reproducing the Remarkable Trees of France and Australia. Gaffa Gallery. March to April 2018.

2016                Remarkable Trees of Paris. Solo Exhibition. Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

2016                GCS Gallery. Group exhibition. Selected Artist. 31 August -17 September

2013                The Human Impacts Institute. “Ten Days of Climate Action: Art and Climate.” September 20 – 29. New York City. USA

2013                Intra-action: Multispecies becomings in the Anthropocene. MOP Gallery. 8 – 28 July. Invited artist.  

2011                Arboreal. Selected Group Exhibition. Macquarie University Art Gallery, 26 Oct– 15 Dec. Invited artist. Catalogue. ISBN number: 978-1-74138-383-6

2011                Dell’Albero. Solo Exhibition. Castello Brancaccio. San Gregoria da Sassola, Italy. 27 August  -3 September

2010                The Macquarie Group Collection. Noosa Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia. 18 June – 25 July. Invited artist.

2010               New Perceptions : Sacred Trees. Solo Exhibition.  University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. 2 - 19 June

2009                Around the Sacred Tree. Solo Exhibition. Casa delle Culture. Rome, Italy. 20 – 26 November.

2009                Around the Sacred Tree. Solo Exhibition. Sala Espositiva Comunale, Piazza della Republica, Spello, Italy. 28 November – 8 December

2009                The Reenchantment of the Tree. Solo Exhibition. Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 12 September to 3 October

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