Author Archives: Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

About Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

I'm a French artist living near Paris. From 1968 to 1973 I studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, then at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California, for my BFA. My work for many decades has been informed and inspired by time spent with indigenous communities. Various study trips devoted to the exploration of techniques and natural pigments took me originally to the Dogon of Mali, West Africa, and subsequently to Yanomami communities in Venezuela and Brazil. Over many years, during the winters, I studied the techniques of traditional Bogolan painting. Hand woven fabric is dyed with boiled bark from the Wolo tree or crushed leaves from other trees, then painted with mud from the Niger river which oxidizes in contact with the dye. Through the Dogon and the Yanomami, my interest in the multiplicity of techniques and supports for aesthetic expression influenced my artistic practice. The voyages to the Amazon Rainforest have informed several series of paintings created while living among the Yanomami. The support used is roughly woven canvas prepared with acrylic medium then textured with a mixture of sand from the river bank and lava. This supple canvas is then rolled and transported on expeditions into the forest. They are then painted using a mixture of acrylic colors and Achiote and Genipap, the vegetal pigments used by the Yanomami for their ritual body paintings and on practical and shamanic implements. My concern for the ongoing devastation of the Amazon Rainforest has inspired my films and installation projects. Since 2005, I've created a perfomance and film project - Fire Sculpture - to bring urgent attention to Rainforest issues. To protest against the continuing destruction, I've publicly set fire to my totemic sculptures. These burning sculptures symbolize the degradation of nature and the annihilation of indigenous cultures that depend on the forest for their survival.

« The only reason the forest does not yet turn to chaos is that a few great shamans are still making their powerful spirits dance to protect it »

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A Yanomami shaman summoning the spirits to prevent intruders from destroying the forest – drawing on paper: Wacayowë Yanomami ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? A Yanomami shaman summoning the…

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« In assenza del sacro, tutto è in vendita. »

« L’ambiente non è qui. L’ambiente non c’è. Tu sei l’ambiente. » « Quelle che chiamate le vostre risorse naturali, la nostra gente chiama i nostri genitori. » – Oren Lyons, nazione Seneca Dobbiamo adorare di nuovo la foresta, fiumi, … Continue reading

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Vontades…por Fernando Pessoa — Mágica Mistura✨

“Deus quer, o homem sonha, a obra nasce.” Fernando Pessoa imagens do WordPress Vontades…por Fernando Pessoa — Mágica Mistura✨

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Ponto de vista…por Tolstói — Mágica Mistura✨

“Há quem passe por um bosque e só veja lenha para a fogueira.” Leon Tolstói imagens do WordPress Ponto de vista…por Tolstói — Mágica Mistura✨

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« A falta de lo sagrado, todo está a la venta. »

« El medio ambiente no está aquí. El medio ambiente no está ahí. Eres el medio ambiente. » « Lo que ustedes llaman sus recursos naturales, nuestra gente llama a nuestros padres. » – Oren Lyons, nación Séneca Debemos adorar … Continue reading

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Montanhas…🏞️ — Mágica Mistura

Que grande espetáculo Já de longe dá pra ver O cume lá entre as nuvens Quase encostando no céu Montanhas são o que há De lindo, majestoso, 95 more words Montanhas…🏞️ — Mágica Mistura

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« Na ausência do sagrado, tudo está à venda. »

« O ambiente não é aqui. O ambiente não está ali. Você é o meio ambiente. » « O que você chama de seus recursos naturais, nosso povo chama nossos pais. » – Oren Lyons, nação Seneca Devemos adorar a floresta, rios, céu … Continue reading

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Rios💧💧💧 — Mágica Mistura

O rio é um exemplo lindo De união,de poder,de força Já viram a nascente de um rio? Simplesmente é um olho d’água Quase sempre solitário, tímido… 112 more words Rios💧💧💧 — Mágica Mistura

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Water — Ned Hamson’s Second Line View of the News

Originally posted on normabobb: Photo by Baskin Creative Studios on We possess the same transformative power of water. Let’s apply that power to every obstacle we need to transform. © Norma Bobb-Semple 2021 Water — Ned Hamson’s Second Line View … Continue reading

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« En l’absence du sacré, tout est à vendre. »

«L’environnement n’est pas par ici. L’environnement n’est pas là-bas. Vous êtes l’environnement. Ce que vous appelez vos ressources naturelles, nos gens appellent nos parents. » – Oren Lyons, Nation Seneca Nous devons à nouveau adorer la forêt, les rivières, le … Continue reading

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