About the Book
In this book, Cathy Fitzgerald PhD., explores new ideas and practices for eco-social well being by bringing art and non-art practices together in her creative practice. "Through my practice and an art practice-theory PhD "The Ecological Turn", I have developed a guiding theory-method framework to articulate the context and workings of long-term eco-social art practices. These vital practices activate ecoliteracy and agency for environmental change in communities. Much of my PhD drew on my experiences and challenges, and the review of others' pioneering creative practices' that are responding to ecological concerns. My own transversal practice reflects on the transformation of the small conifer plantation that I live with, Hollywood forest, toward new-to-Ireland, Close-to-Nature forestry. I bring previous experience in biological science research and interests in environmental philosophy, policy development and ecocide-Rights of Nature law developments into the mix. Somehow an eco-social art practice allows me to connect and move across these various strands of interest to create new agency for myself and the human and non-human neighbours I depend on, and live with." Hollywood forest is the smallest Close-to-Nature forest in Ireland; it is growing happily near Mt Leinster and the Blackstairs mountains in South East Ireland.