"My mission through art is to educate the public of ecological concerns that may not be widely publicized. I see public art as the way to reference the environment surrounding the viewer. Each piece shows sensitivity to the uniqueness of the location drawing on natural, historic, and cultural inspiration. I research native flora and fauna and the stress on the natural landscape as a result of human activity. I am interested in how life adapts to the natural limitations of the environment in a specific region, and how life either continues to or fails to adapt to limitations imposed by human presence. I explore the infinite subject matter of nature and the complex human relationship with it."
Artist Janet Austin works in sculptural media including glass, mosaics, concrete, bronze and steel. Austin has worked on public art commissions throughout the US. Her work explores relationships and connections between humans and nature.
She currently lives and works in Evanston, IL.
Builder of site specific, community art since 1993. Projects, made of concrete, bronze, steel, mosaics and ceramics, include murals, fences, paving, sculptures, benches and retaining walls. “Public, Site Specific Art is an interactive experience, providing the opportunity for people to connect with other visitors to the site through primary emotional responses. Collaborating with the public in the creation of art allows for a participatory experience that transforms the interaction beyond the finished work. Today physical interaction with art is increasingly limited by the presence of digital technology. A primary focus of my public work, therefore, is to bring back the joy of making art by creating with one’s own hands.”
in outdoor media: concrete, metals, mosaics and ceramics.
Her studio work imitates and represents natural forms – plants, animals, insects – with the intention of giving artistic representation to underrepresented members of the natural order. She believes that invasive and unappealing species are unfairly vilified, and that, without human cultural context and anthropomorphization, the animals cannot be hated. They are, instead, creatures of astounding beauty whose success is due to the uniqueness of their lifestyles. “My sculptures of large creatures are immediately appealing, fun and approachable. They also address the unnecessary disgust and fear of nature. Toads are icky; the grackle, a despised bird with an annoying call, steals the eggs of more beloved songbirds. Why do we poison wasps responsible for pollination? What is the cost to the environment? Why do we feel the need as humans to control nature? This work brings to light the importance of biodiversity and the irresponsible application of pesticides in our environment."