My work is grounded in a desire to find ways that people can come to know the changes in our environment that do not solely rely on the Western scientific paradigm but collaborate in tandem with science. Art and science can complement one another in the service of biospheric change and environmental sustainability through a pluralistic discourse, which may generate new questions and make available new solutions to environmental issues. (Woolery, 2002).
Dr. Woolery is a member of the Ecoartnetwork, over 200 invitational members located internationally, who practice, teach, write, and research at the intersection of art and science, and address global ecological concerns.
Dr. Woolery conducts her research in the Sonoran Desert in SE Arizona. Seen here teaching a young person 'shadow drawing' an ABPE research method used to study biodiversity.
With a focus on divergent ways of knowing, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology, (ABPE) a unique interdisciplinary approach for ecological research. Dr. Woolery holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. Her field study in Desert Ecology was conducted in the Sonoran Desert in both Arizona and Mexico. Dr. Woolery’s dissertation: Art-based perceptual ecology as a way of knowing the language of place, can be purchased by contacting her at woolery.la AT gmail.com
Research in the Sonoran Desert
In 2011, Dr. Woolery was invited to be part of National Geographic & National Parks, BioBlitz, held in Saguaro National Park, AZ. She conducted a biodiversity inventory that included walking and visually documenting the terrestrial plants through a line transect study and the shadow drawing exercise, an ABPE method that communicates a visual narrative of the land’s story through patterns. The photos below are shadow drawings, a 3-hour study of the Ocotillo plant, some of the data set Dr. Woolery collected at the research site. In addition she created a site-specific and interactive art installation and shared a public presentation of her work; Painting the stories in the land: A new method for biodiversity research.
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All artwork and photos on this page copyright L.A. Woolery.