This October, Loam is excited to introduce our Artist-in-Residence program. Each month, we will feature a creative working at the intersection of environmentalism and art to generate meaningful change. We are so excited to introduce the collage artist and climate justice activist Garrett Blad as our inaugural artist. Check in throughout October for Garrett's gorgeous art & wise words and until then, read on to learn more about this force of nature.
Garrett Blad is a climate justice activist, educator, systems thinker and doer, collage artist, performance poet, and Harry Potter aficionado from [small town you have never heard of] Indiana. He creates and shares one handmade contemporary collage everyday on social media. His work explores modern concepts of nature, masculinity, technology, and space. Using both new and vintage magazines, he tries to make something beautiful out of what he sees is wrong with the world. Since Garrett is committed to building a just and sustainable human community on earth, he thinks a lot about nature and political economy. Also, as a gay man raised in and surrounded by conservative communities for most of his life, he thinks a lot about masculinity and sexuality. Garrett is fascinated by how our socialized identities inform our relation to planet earth, to each other, and to our politics.
Garrett is currently Executive Coordinator of SustainUS, a youth-led organization advancing justice and sustainability by training and empowering young people to engage in advocacy. He works at multiple scales of change-making to build a more just and sustainable world - from the United Nations climate negotiations to his alma mater where he co-launched a fossil fuel divestment campaign. Garrett is committed to using the power of story to build strong relationships and communities to advance social change. He envisions a future where no child in Indiana, or anywhere, fears the air they breathe, the water from their kitchen tap, or the soil in their front lawn will poison them. All of Garrett’s work seeks to reimagine and reorient our economic, educational, and political systems to facilitate a speedy transition to a democratic, sustainable, and peaceful world. Garrett was recently named one of the Top 30 Under 30 Environmental Educators by the North American Association for Environmental Education and has a degree in Environmental Science and Sustainable Policy from the University of Notre Dame.