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"I like her work very much. She is an absolute genius at making paper look like metal. The art of deception is very difficult and something all artists should consider. It should be the "intent" of the artist, which Lana has successfully succeeded here, to leave the viewer still considering
the piece. I like the lighter piece because I could sit for hours and continue to discover lots and lots of different images within one another. Lana has a lot more to say to us
than she is letting us know."
John T. Spike
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Lana has been featured in both national and international media press, broadcast
and TV documentaries.
All are available upon request.
Bay Area People, KTVU, Rosey Chu
Bay Area Backroads, KRON, Doug McConnell
Fukuoka Prime Time News, Fukuoka, Japan
KTVU Television Evening news Interview, Oakland, CA
CBS Television Evening news Interview, San Francisco, CA
"An Art Model of Urban Environmental Education"
An excerpt from a lecture by Patricia Sanders,
internationally known curator and art historian
at the National Women's Caucus for the Arts.
Lana is an extraordinary artist who has created on the most innovative environmental educational programs I know of. Lana Rose is a well-established artist in Oakland, California. She has implemented a program called The Renaissance of Papermaking: Giving Back the Gift in the Oakland public schools.
In this program, Rose teaches school children papermaking as a way to help them learn about and take responsibility for environmental issues. Not only do the students learn about environmental problems, they actually do something about it by making paper for classroom use and art without using new materials. This is a project where actions count more than symbols. "The Renaissance of Papermaking" is a complex project that is a model not only for environhmentally conscious artists, but for all artists who see themselves as social activists.
Artist-activists of all stripes can learn from the imaginative methods she has used to organize and involve large numbers of participants and to spread the environmental message to a large community. Besides this, her method is inspiring because of the positive effects it has on the students involved, particularly in enhancing self-confidence.
The title of her project reflects her concern that papermaking, a traditional craft in several of the cultures represented in Oakland's public schools - especially Asian ones - was not being nurtured in this country. This dovetailed with her concerns to reduce our waste of natural resources. She asked kids to take action and to feel their own power in the process. How did she accomplish this? Rose designed a unique program that teaches children about the environment through an art process, a program that reaches all the children in five schools and beyond that to their families and communities.
It is participatory on a grand scale and it gives children responsible leadership roles. Rose brings in environmental experts to teach the children about ecological systems, local plants and recycling. The children then put environmental ethics into action by making their own paper using paper from classroom wastebaskets, vegetable scraps from home and leftovers from harvests. Through their own efforts, they transform these discards into paper they use for homework and into beautiful art objects, which Rose arranges to have exhibited.
Even more exciting, she and selected children have given workshops in elementary schools in both Fukuoka and Chikuho-Machi, Japan and Dalian, China. Not only does this increase the audience for her message and art, it expands the horizons of Oakland children who had not even been outside the city before.