Creatively connecting with the local landscape and cultivating reciprocal relationships with the land and people.
With a background in contemporary sculpture and installation, Juliana Bedoya is a community-engaged environmental artist who explores plant technologies to creatively connect with the local landscape and to cultivate reciprocal and interconnected relationships with the land and people. Her work aims to support individuals and community groups to establish their own cultural significance through skill sharing, including all stages of ethically harvesting and processing raw plant materials for art-making and environmental art practice. Using ancestral skills and traditional knowledge that navigates across cultures and mainly working with green waste and invasive plants, her work also aims to support local ecological restoration to foster native ecology. Alongside this practice, for the past ten years, she has worked in the non-profit and public sectors as a curator and arts administrator developing interactive exhibitions, public art installations, and delivering arts programming that activates diverse audiences to support community participation.