Join DM Witman for a thought-provoking journey as we delve into creative responses to the challenges posed by the Anthropocene era. Engage in a community-driven critique to refine your work and contribute to the conversation. Enroll now for a unique opportunity to connect, critique, and create in the evolving landscape of art and environmental consciousness.

Dates:
Apr 17, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $595
Workshop Duration: 18 hours over 6 sessions (Wednesdays, biweekly, 11am-2pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 10

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets biweekly on Wednesdays, Apr 17, May 1, 15, 29, Jun 12 & 26 from 11am-2pm ET.

This time of the Anthropocene finds us living in a complicated world waiting for our investigation and unpacking. The climate predicament and all of its related issues –  including biodiversity, resource extraction, pollution, land use, (un)natural disasters, extreme conditions, resource availability and use, migration, and eco-distress – are part of the vast interconnected world.

Stroebe and Schut Dual Process Model
The blue slide is a diagram of the Stroebe and Schut Dual Process Model which illustrates the non-linearity of grief. We can utilize this as a way to understand loss as it pertains to the climate predicament.

Our work as artists can emerge from many motivations including awareness, understanding, activism, and/or seeking meaningful action.

This workshop is for anyone who is initiating (or already in development of) an environmental-themed series or long-form project looking for a community to share work, strategies, and concerns. All visual methodologies are encouraged to participate; documentary, fine art, and experimental, or somewhere in between.

Untitled, 2023, toned archival silver gelatin photogram - by DM Witman
Untitled, 2023, toned archival silver gelatin photogram – by DM Witman
Elegy I from series Arctic Elegy; salted-paper with hand-applied gum-bichromate overlay. By DM Witman.
Elegy I from series Arctic Elegy; salted-paper with hand-applied gum-bichromate overlay. By DM Witman.

Each meeting will encompass thoughtful critique and discussion of each participant’s work-in-progress as well as an investigation of a timely topic related to the many issues of the Anthropocene. The every-other-week format will allow ample time for processing ideas, making work, editing, and sequencing.

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Instructor: DM Witman

DM Witman is a transdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of environmental disruption and the human relationship to place in the Age of the Anthropocene. Her creative practice is deeply rooted within the realm of the effects of humans on this world using photographic materials, video, and installation. DM is affiliated with Cove Street Arts, Portland. Recent interviews and publications include The Guardian, BBC Culture, WIRED, Boston Globe, and Art New England. She actively exhibits her work and has been recognized with grants from the Maine Arts Commission, The Kindling Fund, The John Anson Kittredge Fund, and the Puffin Foundation.