The Ecological Citizen

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Art as ecology: A mutual nod

Rebecca R Burrill

The Ecological Citizen Vol 5 No 2 2022: 178–85 [epub-067]

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First published: 13 July 2022  |  Permanent URL  |  Download citation in RIS format


There is a deep evolutionary and developmental language that is kinship bond between humans and Nature. At its perceptual roots this language is aesthetically organized, and this aesthetic way of knowing and communicating is the basis for human communication, art-making and the arising of a natural sense of morality in both the ecological and social spheres. This primary language is ecocentric in perspective, and therefore necessary for the vision, understanding and enactment of right relationship and right action by humans with respect to the local places and communities making up planet Earth. In modernity, this aesthetic kinship language is marginalized and devalued in favour of an abstracted and detached perspective, and a delocalized organization of ecological and social lifeways.