Today we’d like to introduce you to David Buckley Borden.
David Buckley, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based artist known for my accessible hybrid of environmental art and design. My creative practice of using visual art and landscape installation to address ecology issues, actually started with a career in the performing arts. After almost a decade of co-managing a performing arts production company with my brother, I got a Masters in Landscape Architecture in order to develop my own self-directed studio, which is now primarily focused on science communication at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event. I’m currently a Harvard Forest Fellow where I work with other researchers to answer the question “how can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded design making?” It’s a self-made creative niche to say the least.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My artwork aims to promote a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. My place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena and are informed by research and community outreach. My work currently manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-speciﬁc landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery. I’d also add that my work is collaborative in intent, process, and outcome. I tend to gravitate to projects that are ambition and require a lot of support from other creative folks, such as Aaron Ellison, Pennie Taylor, Jack Byers, Mike Demaggio, and Helen Popinchalk of Trifecta Editions.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
My artistic intention is that my art affects local, national, and international events, not the other way around. I think that meaningful art is an agent of change, especially art like mine that has an educational agenda. For example, as the global environment nears a planetary tipping point the urgency of getting everyone to understand and care about ecology is real. Art with a focus on ecological education is a powerful mechanism for environmental change. I believe that an ecologically aware public will ultimately support policies and everyday practices to change our world for the better.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I currently have an art-based interpretive trail installed at the Harvard Forest and a companion visual art exhibition at the Fisher Museum. I have several upcoming collaborative art and design installations opening in October; “Triple Decker Ecology” at the Somerville Historic Museum, “Warming Warning” at the Science Plaza in Cambridge, and a suite installation at Hotel Studio Allston.
People can support my practice in a number of ways. They can purchase my visual work online at davidbuckleyborden.com or collaborate with me on an endless list of environmental issues. I also welcome opportunities for studio visits, public talks, publications, and workshops focused on using art and design to promote environmental stewardship.
- Website: http://davidbuckleyborden.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidbuckleyborden/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidBuckleyBordenArtandDesign/
All photo credits, David Buckley Borden