There is an opportunity in considering landscape as an environment that we are always in and of, subsequently exploring it through art can create steps toward a more responsible ecology of place.
The world is an entangled field of relationships. Dualism is an oversimplification that is harmful to our current ecological condition—when we view the non-human world as objects, it is a precursor for abusing the world as well as divorcing ourselves from any 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 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 and has exhibited internationally and has work in many private collections.
Noel served on the board of PLGarts, a non-profit community arts organization in Brooklyn NY from 2011 to 2017.
He co-teaches a graduate level course for teachers out of Brooklyn College called Human Tracks in the Urban Landscape.
Recently, Noel has moved to the Bronx and is exploring Van Cortlandt Park, developing a new body of work.
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