Born in New Zealand, Sheryl Maree Reily lives in the small mining town of Ester. The gravity of the global situation prompted her to transform her creative practice as a self- taught photographer and healthcare professional into an arts-based advocacy for human and environmental wellbeing. Her work draws upon an expanded field of sculpture, performance, installation, and media technology. Reily has received three Rasmuson Foundation individual artist awards, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and Santa Fe Art Institute Fellowships, and serves on the Alaska State Council for the Arts Visual Arts Committee, and with the Emily Tremaine Foundation’s Artists Thrive platform.
Artist and researcher Nina Elder creates projects that reveal humanity’s dependence on, and interruption of, the natural world. With a focus on changing cultures and ecologies, Nina advocates for collaboration, fostering relationships between institutions, artists, scientists and diverse communities. She lectures as a visiting artist/scholar at universities, develops publicly engaged programs, and consults with organizations that seek to grow through interdisciplinary programming. Nina’s artwork is widely exhibited and has been featured in Art in America, VICE Magazine, and on PBS. She is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Photo Essay created for Inspiration and Adaptation, by Nina Elder, published by National Performance Network, published on September 30, 2020.