Examining the dichotomies between the human desire to preserve the wilderness and to enjoy it, I create merit badges for following the “Leave No Trace” principles. I also create demerit badges, marking how we fail to protect the places we intend to preserve. Corresponding to these demerit badges, the maps illustrate the topography of the landscape and the human impact on the natural world. My installation work and paintings portray the natural landscape hidden behind layers of human activity.
Amy Felder is an ecological artist concerned with the loss of wilderness. Creating art in different mediums and forms, she explores how to enjoy the wilderness while also preserving it for future generations.
48 x 24”
Acrylic on Canvas