Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Millay Colony Art Residency

My home, place of exploration, experimentation & creation for an entire month....My deepest gratitude to Artist Trust and Millay Colony!

Image share from my wanderings at Millay Colony in Austerlitz New York, to view more check out my pages on Facebook  and Instagramenjoy!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Habitat : Refuge

“Our parks are not only sanctuaries for humans but also for local wildlife “.  This project ‘Habitat : Refuge’ involves a series of temporary animal habitats, nests of various sizes woven using a combination of both natural & reclaimed human-made materials.  These nests are temporarily installed within the trees at Duwamish Waterway Park in Seattle WA, August through October.  My intent with this installation is to invite conversation, unveiling insight to the history of the community, wildlife & landscape.  In turn nurturing an appreciation, an understanding of that interconnection and encouraging a sense of protection.

Thank you to Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and Seattle Parks and Recreation for funding my project! Special thanks to Sandy Esene, Randy Wiger & Elizabeth Esborn for all your support & insight! 

Forage & weave; in the process of making art, I stripped the forest of an invasive plant species; ivy and reclaimed plastic bottles from the local communities.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Roots & Vines

“A mysterious unexpected form has taken root, its fibrous tendrils clinging to the surface, reaching outward into the landscape.  Inspired by nature’s ability to regenerate, De Pirro developed methods that mimic these plant structures, using an invasive fiber as her medium.  She collected hundreds of post consumer plastic bags from the local communities, cut them into strips; and then painstakingly crocheted individual vines that were woven into this sinuous form.”

'Roots & Vines' is installed & on display through October. Located within the Amazon windows on Harrison between Boren & Terry in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Special thanks to Storefronts Seattle & Shunpike!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pollinate & Bloom

Imagine standing under a field of strangely beautiful flowers each suspended high above the ground under the leaf canopy of a majestic Maple tree surrounded by the linear architecture of the city. These playful flowers will fill the sky with color & light, inviting visitors to look up & interact in a unique experience that combines nature, art & architecture. 
These eco-flowers have been created using hundreds of reclaimed plastic bottles (& caps) rescued from the waste stream then transformed into art!

Located at 106 Ave. NE ( at NE 6th St., along the pedestrian corridor) in Bellevue, WA

Bellwether 2016
Exhibition & Artwalk
Art from Around the World

July 29 - October 9
Opening Reception: July 29, 6-8 PM
Bellevue City Hall
450 110 Ave. NE
Bellevue , WA

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LODGE(d) 2.0

Originally created as a horizontal installation at the Museum of Northwest Art,  LODGE(d) 2.0 now nestles comfortably in its vertical incarnation at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park.

Always looking up!

Friday, October 9, 2015


LODGE(d) at the Museum of Northwest Art, Surge Festival on climate change, artists and scientists joined forces to start a multifaceted conversation on rising sea levels. Barbara De Pirro & Lisa Kinoshita created a life-size beaver dam, in tribute to an engineering species so important in conservation (it channels water in such a way as to expand wetlands, recharge groundwater, stabilize sediments, and provide cooler habitat for young salmon) that the Fish & Wildlife Service and US Forest Service are reintroducing it to Methow Valley. On Sept. 28, they deconstructed LODGE(D), moved it to the Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park on Camano Island, and rebuilt it in an entirely new configuration...

The inspiration behind LODGE(d), our life-size beaver dam, a tribute to this a superlative engineer.  The North American Beaver is a vital partner in environmental restoration; it channels water in such a way as to expand wetlands, recharge groundwater, stabilize sediments, and provide cooler habitat for young salmon.

An excellent documentary!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Surge at Museum of Northwest Art

LODGE(D)  detail      Barbara De Pirro

Artists: Barbara De Pirro and Lisa Kinoshita
Site-specific installation

For this event I have collaborated with Lisa Kinoshita artist / author, Dr. Greg Hood senior research scientist with the Skagit River Systems Cooperative and Dr. Dave Peterson research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, and co-director of the University of Washington's Fire and Mountain Ecology Laboratory.

Our installation, Lodge(d), is an artistic interpretation that examines the effect of climate change on wildlife/habitat through the prism of one species, the North American beaver . 

“Wildlife biologists recognize the North American beaver as a superlative engineer. Today, the US Forest Service is giving this industrious, once-abundant species a key role in habitat restoration by reintroducing it to wild places in Washington. This installation, Lodge(d), is an artistic interpretation of a beaver camp made from intertwined natural and synthetic materials that mirror the similarly entwined stories of humans and Castor canadensis.

The presence of beaver colonies has been shown to help mitigate the effects of environmental degradation and to even slow the effects of climate change. A keystone species, it modifies entire landscapes by engineering dams, lodges, channels, canals, ponds and moist meadows, in the process creating beneficial consequences for a host of other species, including humans. Remarkably, the natural consequences of beaver hydraulics (e.g., damming, flooding and redirection of water flow) include restoration of wetlands; improved water quality; stabilization of sediments; recharging of groundwater; and lower-temperature ponds (refuge for Chinook salmon and other fish stock). Once numbering in the hundreds of millions and hunted to near extinction, the North American beaver is increasingly valued for adding overall diversity to river ecosystems.” 

Surge Festival
SEPT 26-27

Panel discussion: September 27, 3pm 
Closing reception: September 27, 4-6pm

In partnership with the Skagit Climate Science Consortium and the Skagit Watershed Council, MoNA presents a two-day event highlighting climate change, storm surge, and the impact on Northwest coastal communities. Environmental scientists have partnered with artists and educators to offer new perspectives on these issues.

More details & a complete list of other projects:

121 South First Street 
La Conner WA
(360) 466-4446