I am both an artist and an ecologist, and I cannot separate the two – they are intertwined. I work as a vegetation ecologist in the summer, searching for rare plants and exploring wild places. I spend the winter making art – the ideas and images for my art emerge from the time I spend in the backcountry and the research I do in the library.
I explore connections – the connections among species, between species and their homes, and between humans and our world. I make images of plants and animals (using watercolour, natural dyes on silks, and printmaking) and construct them into three-dimensional pieces that convey concepts such as dynamic balance, food webs, or keystone species. The result is a cross-media collection of mobiles, silk paintings, transparent hangings, flexagons, and book arts.
CV: Download Dana Bush’s Curriculum Vitae.
Featured in: Thomson, Christine (Oct, 2013), Three Artists who give Voice to the Silent, WLA Vol 21 #4/5.
Discovery Gallery, Alberta Craft Magazine, Summer 2013.