Art-Based Perceptual Ecology: An alternative monitoring method

in the assessment of rainfall and vegetation in a cienaga community

By  Lee Ann Woolery


As an artist, educator, researcher, and scholar, with a focus on divergent ways of knowing, I use art-making as a way to connect with the natural world. In the following article, I explore the making of an image with my hands when practicing Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) as a way of extending my understanding and ecological knowing of the natural world, or what will also be referred to as the landscape. ABPE methodologies may offer the means by which humans reconnect to a pre-discursive (mimetic) language, a sentient language our ancestors used to communicate with the animate world. In addition to art educators, this article may be of interest to ecologists and others studying environmental global change. Developing an art-based longitudinal study alongside traditional Western science methods, to record historical changes in vegetation in a riparian community, could provide outstanding results and contribute to the further understanding of biospheric changes at similar stream communities around the world.

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