American environmental artist and painter Norm Magnusson grapples, like many artists, with how to continue making art without having an enormous impact on the planet.
“Essentially I am in the stuff making business. Sure it's art, sure most of it hangs flat on a wall, but still it's stuff and that's an issue for me,” explains Magnusson. “I think a lot about how to make a living as an artist while also leaving as little environmental impact as possible.”
In his impermanent series Decorating Nature, Magnusson goes into the forest and paints leaves, branches, rocks and tree trunks, fusing his connection to the environment with his desire to continue to create low impact art.
“The painted leaves are long gone, decomposed, reconnected with the earth. The stones are taken away by the stream,” he explains. “For someone who thinks a lot about my place as an artist in the environment, it's quite agreeable to make art that has less environmental impact.”