March 26, 2015— Sabe Lewellyn is a visual artist and designer with a strong advocacy for spreading awareness on global environmental issues. Now, to raise awareness on the state and fragility of nature, he takes on a one-man expedition in the Gulf of Mexico, which he calls Exileration.
“I am going on a one-man expedition to create art and draw awareness to the fragility our natural surroundings. I am traveling to the U.S. National sea shore in the Gulf of Mexico,” shares the artist. He will be going to Horn Island, one of the barrier islands off the coast of Mississippi and Alabama. He takes on a Kickstarter campaign to seek funding and support from the crowdfunding community.
“One of my goals is increasing the urgency and understanding of the fragile place we put ourselves in by neglecting our impact on the world,” states artist, who will live on the park in the island, in primitive camping conditions and with only the bare necessities.
Lewellyn’s projects and advocacy was inspired by Walter Anderson, an artist and naturalist who also lived in Horn Island for a time to document the life around him through radiant watercolor art. Lewellyn hopes to follow Anderson’s footsteps and continue to document the natural ecosystem in the island.
Through the crowdfunding campaign, Lewellyn aims to raise $7,250 until April 11, which will cover the costs for the needed camera and equipment to document his trip. Part of the funds will also go to boat prototyping materials and supplies such as food and a tent he himself designed.
According to him, his Exileration project is a three-part piece, which includes planning the trip, exile on Horn Island, and the creation of the film and other work for exhibit. He has chosen Horn Island because the location has been under much stress due to human hazards, such as the BP oil spill and the US Army Mustart Gas contamination.
From 1943 to 1945, Horn Island was closed to public access and activity for use as a biological weapons testing site by the US Army. Later on, asbestos materials were identified around old concrete foundations on the north side of Horn Island, known as The Chimney. Asbestos has shown to be a cancer-causing agent. In addition, mustard gas residue has been detected in the sands nearby the US Army testing sites. Mustard gas is a blistering agent that attacks the eyes and respiratory systems. While the military is in the process of destroying any residue, Lewellyn aims to go deeper and investigates on the effects of these military operations to the ecosystem in the area.
In return, backers of the campaign will receive copies of his artwork through wallpapers, postcards, and signed prints. Backers will also receive printed and electronic invitations to every gallery and museum show exhibiting Exileration. Higher tier backers will receive a digital copy of the documentary film, be included in the film credits, and many more.
To find out more, visit sabelewellyn.com.
About Sabe Lewellyn
Sabe has been an artist and designer for over 12 years. Exileration is the second of two projects that he has undergone to help educate people and involve them in environmental issues. His experience includes participation in the Particles on the Wall exhibit at University of Washington. Soon a book will be released that includes his contribution to that project.