‘Unnaturalism’ Uses Art to Show Human Impact on Habitat

Artist Don Simon creates stark worlds that cut to the chase and make thoughtful commentary on human’s impact on animals and their habitat. Via Grist, you can see a flash movie of his work, complete with commentary by the artist.

The most striking is Simon’s River series. These pieces show alligators amongst used and worn tires. Simon explains that the alligators are used as a metaphor for transportation and all that it implies.

Simon uses colored pencil, a simple medium, but in the most touching way. His realism lends it self to the themes and issues that are brought to the viewer’s attention in his work. Over all this is a great example of how art can help champion a cause.

View the whole slide show at Grist.

[Image courtesy Don Simon]

Written by Kelly Rand

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting.

Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.


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