The landscape is an environment that we are always in and of. Exploring it through art can help move toward a more responsible ecology of place.
The world is an entangled field of relationships. Dualism is a harmful oversimplification for our ecological experience. When we view the non-human world as objects, it is a precursor for abusing the world removing responsibility for our planetary impact. We are not the sole subject of the narrative of Earth. Our landscapes are woven with the stories, trajectories and agencies of human, animal, plant, mineral, idea and thing. We have a dependence on this landscape of things, alive and material, which in turn is dependent on us.
Where does the individual end? Where are the landscapes we live in. You live here? I painted you. My work is a collaboration with landscape to produce effects in myself and others, aesthetically and emotionally reconfiguring ways of seeing the world.
Noel Hefele is a landscape painter. He was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2002 and his MA in Arts and Ecology in England in 2010. He was Artist in Residence at the Barbuda Archeological Research center in the Caribbean in 2013 and 2014. Noel has exhibited internationally and has work in many private collections.
Noel served on the board of non-profit community arts organization PLGarts in Brooklyn NY from 2011 to 2017.
He co-teaches a graduate level course at Brooklyn College called Human Tracks in the Urban Landscape.
Noel has moved to the Bronx 2 weeks before the Covid pandemic changed everything. He is exploring Van Cortlandt Park and developing a new body of work.
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