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Divining Chaos: The Autobiography of an Idea

Divining Chaos: The Autobiography of an Idea

“Be Bold America!” Sunday, January 15, 2023 ` 5:00pm (PST)

In the world of ecoart, a genre which combines art techniques, political activism, and scientific insight to create pieces that speak directly to our current ecological threat, Aviva Rahmani’s cutting-edge work grapples with the political, social, and cultural realities of the day and expresses a deep compassion and concern for injustice. 

In a new autobiography, groundbreaking and acclaimed artist, Rahmani shares her evolution as a woman, an artist, an ecofeminist, and a fearless defender of the natural world.

Her autobiography, Divining Chaos: The Autobiography of an Ideaoffers an intimate tour of her life and work. Along the way Rahmani hones her inventive style integrating painting, sculpture, film, music, performance, and, ultimately, the natural world. In one of her most celebrated pieces, The Blued Trees Symphonyshe used a series of endangered forest sites, starting in New York state, as her canvas by painting trees with a blue marking that corresponded to the musical movements of an aerial symphony.

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Aviva RahmaniPhD is a pioneering ecological artist who has worked at the cutting edge of the avant-garde since she committed to her career in art at the age of nineteen. Rahmani is an affiliate of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned her PhD from the University of Plymouth, UK, and received her BFA and MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. She co-edited the anthology, Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities.

She frequently exhibits, publishes, and presents internationally. Recently, she completed a residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Governors Island in New York. Visit: