Radical Joy Revealed
January 28, 2015

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Empty Spaces Turned to Art   

Pat Brentano bird screen
"Bird Screen 2" by Pat Brentano


When a neighbor of New Jersey artist Pat Brentano cut down a mature woodland in order to build an oversized house, Brentano was outraged. Using the media of collage and drawing, she channeled her grief and anger into a series of new works that acknowledge both the value of what was and the vastness of its disappearance.

Says Brentano: "My work is about observation, exploration, and a deep spiritual attachment to the natural world. I want to create skillful, innovative work that communicates environmental responsibility and visual literacy."

In works like "Bird Apocalypse," on display last September at the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery at Kean University in Union, NJ, and the installation, "Habitat," Brentano works with negative space to create large works of art on paper that call attention to what is missing when places are destroyed and bird habitats lost. Many of these works envelop the viewer, making the poignancy of what has happened a personal experience. 


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Make Beauty
for a Place You Love

On June 20 people around the world will go to wounded places to share their stories of what the places mean to them, spend time getting to know the places as they are now, and make a simple act of beauty there: a bird created out of materials found on site. Join the world in making beauty for the Earth for the 6th annual Global Earth Exchange.

To see the photos of the 2014 Global Earth Exchange, visit our website. To read the stories click on the little "pins" on our world map.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth.
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