The natural world is an endless combination of constantly changing variables, each one fragile, awe-inspiring, and necessary to my survival; this is also the essence of creativity and the playful base from which I receive and give my ephemeral artistic impulses. I am an interdisciplinary eco artist. My performance based community work educates and empowers young people through mutual empathy with their environments. The manifestations of my artistic practice have varied over my career both in context and format. In 2010, I founded the ‘Best Plays Ever festival’ (Toronto, Ontario) to enable aspiring youth in the arts to generate performative works in response to the specific lifestyles created by their urban surroundings. Most recently, I concluded the Daylighting The Classroom project with Middle School students across the Okanagan Valley in a partnership with the University of British Columbia’s SSHRC funded Eco-Art Incubator research initiative. In this project, we used eco art and democratic digital media technology — such as smart phones and interactive web platforms — with process-based performance to offer an alternative mode of learning through a creative and embodied direct engagement with the more-than-human natural world. Through all my work I seek to bring people and their environments together in conversation, to realize the full capacity of their individual and collective agency in whatever place they are in, however it may manifest.
– Shimshon Obadia, BFA.