St. Paul visible artist’s work focuses on the atmosphere


ST PAUL, Minnesota — Sarah Nelson desires you to look nearer on the world round you.

Nelson, a visible artist based mostly in St. Paul, works principally with pen and markers. Her work is extraordinarily detailed and dedicated to highlighting the atmosphere.

“I had no concept it was going to go on this route,” Nelson stated. “I used to be voted like second ‘Most Prone to Save the Rainforest’ in highschool and I look again and I am like, ‘They knew one thing I did not.'”

It began two years in the past when Nelson was invited to do a solo exhibit centered on endangered species in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“It simply modified my life. And so after that every one my artwork turned actually environmentally centered,” Nelson stated. “I’ve centered rather a lot on endangered species, on ecosystems, on habitats, on plankton. Attempting to type of talk and doc what is going on on on the earth and why these species and environments even have a big impact on human life, as properly.”

Sarah Nelson work

Sarah Nelson is drawing zooplankton as a part of her analysis for a visit to the Arctic subsequent 12 months.

Heidi Wigdahl

Wednesday morning, Nelson was drawing zooplankton from her house in St. Paul. It is analysis for a visit to the Arctic subsequent 12 months. Nelson was accepted into the Arctic Circle Artist and Scientist Residency program for the June 2020 expedition. She will probably be working and collaborating with different artists, in addition to scientists, whereas on a Barquentine crusing vessel.

A few of Nelson’s work solely takes a number of days to finish however others can take for much longer; she’s been engaged on a coral reef piece for 2 years now.

“I really need folks to really feel that love and appreciation that I’ve for the issues that I am speaking about by means of my artwork. So sure, I like painstaking initiatives,” Nelson stated.

However her newest mission lasted solely a month. In celebration of Earth Week, her artwork will wrap the within and outdoors of a Inexperienced Line prepare automobile that can run from Minneapolis to St. Paul. It is a partnership with Metro Transit and the College of St. Thomas’ Justice and Peace Research Division, in addition to UST’s Sustainable Communities Partnership Arts Program. It was additionally made attainable with a grant from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Sarah Nelson art for Green Line

A glimpse of what is going to seem on a Inexperienced Line prepare automobile in celebration of Earth Week.

Heidi Wigdahl

Nelson described the inside as having “animals from Minnesota, particularly simply doing goofy issues all through the Twin Cities. It spans from fall, to spring, to winter after which day and evening and again to morning.”

You’ll catch the Inexperienced Line prepare automobile together with her work beginning April 19.
Nelson stated she tries to concentrate on the great thing about the atmosphere, with a purpose to spark curiosity and conversations about our earth.

“I do not suppose you’ll be able to take care of one thing until you worth it or like it and I feel magnificence is a solution to get into that coronary heart house of individuals. So my hope is that artwork can do this and particularly, my hope is that the work that I am doing has the power to type of have these conversations,” she stated.

There’s a GoFundMe to assist Nelson together with her journey bills to the Arctic subsequent 12 months.  You may also study extra about Nelson’s work, right here.


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