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The New Miasma: Violet Haase

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highly abstracted world map made from naturally dyed bits of paper
highly abstracted world map made from naturally dyed bits of paper

Artist Statement

Artist Name: Violet Haase

Title: Our Earth As We Know It

Medium: Newspaper, beet juice, red cabbage, blueberries, turmeric, spinach, paprika

Size/Dimension: 20" x 28"

Year: 2020

Artist Statement: 

Based on the world map provided by Business Insider in 2011, I have created an abstract world map depicting deforestation rates across the globe. Using homemade paper, dyed using leftover fruits and vegetables, along with different spices found in my cupboards, I have created a zero-waste interpretation of that map.  The map has been colour coded, each area representing a different part of the world and the rates of deforestation in that area. Blue areas on my map are places where deforestation is to be considered at a low risk for permanent damage to their ecosystems, green areas are where there is a medium risk for permanent damage, yellow areas are places in the world where there is a high risk of permanent damage, and the red areas are places where damage has already started to become permanent. While the map provided by Business Insider is working off of older information, the message remains the same. Human beings have and will continue to have a negative effect on our planet if we do not change our way of life and how we interact with the world around us.

Work Cited 
Spector, Dina. “MAP OF THE DAY: The World's Most Extreme Deforestation.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 7 Dec. 2011,