DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] is thrilled to have Angela Rawlings, Canadian born artist who makes Iceland her home, share her current work-in-progress IS LAND a project focused on the Icelandic ecosystem.

Is Land is an ecolinguistic interrogation, Is Land stages conversations between Icelandic ecosystems and inhabitants. Is Land is a multi-modal project with output formed as photography, instant composition, countermapping, visual poetry, words-as-objects, sound arts, site-dependent performance, and digital poetry.

Similar to ethnopoetics in its emphasis on drawing connections between human activity—specifically the making of poems—and the environment that produces it, ecopoetics rose out of the late 20th-century awareness of ecology and concerns over environmental disaster. A multidisciplinary approach that includes thinking and writing on poetics, science, and theory as well as emphasizing innovative approaches common to conceptual poetry, ecopoetics is not quite nature poetry. The influential journal Ecopoetics, edited by Jonathan Skinner, publishes writing that explores “creative-critical edges between making and writing” and features poets such as Jack Collom, Juliana Spahr, and Forrest Gander.

ABOUT Angela Rawlings 
Angela Rawlings’ (Canada/Iceland/USA) experimentation with multiple artistic mediums informs her literary output. She is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada, 2009) and held the prestigious position of Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence (Australia, 2012). Her literary debut Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006) received an Alcuin Award for Design.