45 mn in the Wetlands in Sunnyvale

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height: 75", width: 54", depth: 19"

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The trash that I collected and used to make the piece

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The wetlands in Sunnyvale where the trash was collected

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The wetlands in Sunnyvale where the trash was collected

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45mn in the Wetlands in Sunnyvale
2015

Statement for the piece
This piece is made of all the trash collected in the wetlands in Sunnyvale a few weeks ago. My collect was possible with the help of Jackie Davison, who works at the Environmental Services Department in Sunnyvale. I met with Jackie at school; she was giving a much needed presentation about the watershed in my children’s class. Our paths crossed many times since then.

The bay is stunningly beautiful but if one looks closer, some places are littered with lots of trash, most of it being plastic, which is a real problem because it does not biodegrade. Plastic is not recognized by the organisms that normally break organic matter down.

I moved to the bay area 5 years ago and since then I developed different works about water (videos, collages, drawings). I created participative installations about the ocean, and I mostly use materials that can be reused or recycled. Living in Sunnyvale, close to the bay, I am very interested in knowing this fragile eco-system. I took my family – and my students – on a tour of the water pollution plant to learn about how the water we use in homes, stores and businesses, is treated before going to the bay. I volunteer for annual coastal clean-ups of the bay.

I work with Montalvo Arts Center on arts integration programs for which I develop projects about water. This Spring I am teaching in Campbell “the Water Project” to classes of 2nd graders. The project proposes different art exercises about the watershed, the drought, the water cycle, our water consumption, the pollution of the oceans by the plastic.

Waterwheel e-book launch + World Water Day 2015

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(Sip. Do Not Gulp. is page 391 – scroll down after opening the link) Sip. Do Not Gulp, is part of the Waterwheel World Water Day Symposium 2014 e-book ‘Water Views: Caring and Daring’, which is launched for World Water Day … Continue reading

L’eau C’est La Vie, a new series inspired by water

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #1 - 8"x8"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #2 - 8"x8"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #3 - 8"x8"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #4 - 8"x8"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #5 - 8"x8"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #6 - 8"x8"

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Installation of the 12"x12" at Kaleid Gallery

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #7 - 12"x12"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #8 - 12"x12"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #9 - 12"x12"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #10 - 12"x12"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #11 - 12"x12"

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L'Eau C'est La Vie #12 - 12"x12"

L'Eau C'est La Vie #1 - 8"x8"L'Eau C'est La Vie #2 - 8"x8"L'Eau C'est La Vie #3 - 8"x8"L'Eau C'est La Vie #4 - 8"x8"L'Eau C'est La Vie #5 - 8"x8"L'Eau C'est La Vie #6 - 8"x8"Installation of the 12"x12" at Kaleid GalleryL'Eau C'est La Vie #7 - 12"x12"L'Eau C'est La Vie #8 - 12"x12"L'Eau C'est La Vie #9 - 12"x12"L'Eau C'est La Vie #10 - 12"x12"L'Eau C'est La Vie #11 - 12"x12"L'Eau C'est La Vie #12 - 12"x12"

L’eau C’est la Vie, a series inspired by water, is part of the show Hark at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose.
Opening this Friday, December 5, 2014.

For each piece:
collage: drawings on photos that I took on different beaches (Bay Area, France, Costa Rica).
2014
8″x8″ or 12″x12″
mounted on wooden board

Hark
Kaleid Gallery
88 S 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 947-1785
Hours: 12:00 – 7:00 pm Tuesday – Sunday

Species Encounter: Dive in!

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SubZERO festival San Jose, CA – South First Street – June 6 and 7 – from 6 pm to midnight Interactive installation in collaboration with videographer Drew Detweiler. I am interested in having people interact with the pieces I create … Continue reading

Species Encounter: a short video by Francis Estrand-Cartier

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This video presents Species Encounter, the interactive installation I created for SubZERO festival in San Jose in 2013. Species Encounter has subsequently been presented at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz during the GLOW festival, the Innovation … Continue reading