The Indigenous Inspirations of Lawson Glasergreen
U.S.S. Longevity, relief mixed media (diamonds, turquoise, gold, pearl, clear resin, amethyst, wood, coquina, seashells and led lights) l. s. glasergreen © 2023
Palm Coast resident Lawson Scott Glasergreen, an alumnus of the Colorado State University (CSU) project management certification program, spent several months in Antarctica between 2014 and 2015, where he worked as a preventative maintenance coordinator and supervisor for on-site infrastructure and operations.
Significant planning and effort goes into keeping nearly 100 Antarctic research stations operational, especially the largest and southernmost base, the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, which is overseen and maintained by the U.S. government.
During his time in the coldest, most remote landmass on the planet, Lawson devoted his spare time to creating art. He says, “You need things in your life when you’re in an isolated environment that stimulate the other hemisphere of your brain so you can do the everyday, redundant tasks. Art keeps you vibrant as a human being.”
Beren Goguen, CSU marketing and communications lead at Colorado State University says, “Few places capture our collective imagination like Antarctica, a beautiful, but inhospitable desert continent with the most extreme climate on planet Earth.”
Glasergreen looks forward to offering his experience to the community. “Lawson’s unique career trajectory as an activist, project manager, and artist has taken him all over the globe, from Central America as a Peace Corps volunteer to eight months in the frozen, windblown desert of Antarctica,” shares Goguen. View his article and video created in 2023, Staying Vibrant Through Art and Service, at Engagement.source.colostate.edu/staying-vibrant-through-art-and-service.
In his 20s, Lawson experienced renal and liver failure that grounded his life for three years after 10 years in the corporate design and construction world. Looking for answers and growing knowledge of meditation in action, visual art became his life driver. His book, SPIRITO America vol. 1, introduced 74 fine art plates and talked about visual, kinetic and audible life drivers. He exclaims, “Everyone has an intuitive life driver; find it, nurture it and use it.”
Lawson served with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and the Kentucky Adult Literacy Program using art in action with community centers, and later with the Peace Corps as an appropriate technologist in Guatemala, using art fund for stoves development and discovering Pacific Ocean Monterrico Black Volcanic Beaches – Turtle Reserve – symbolic of longevity from his native-inspired heritage.
Kentucky Arts Council featured him among Indigenous artists in Native Reflections, two-year traveling exhibits from 2020 to 2022. Mark Brown, Folk and Traditional Arts Director, comments, “The resulting works are reflections on identity and their sense of self, sense of community, and sense of place.”
Following his recent travels in Alaska, Glasergreen was inspired to create a new, turtle-like sculpture, U.S.S. Longevity, from coquina rock, signifying the spiritual rebirth and transformation of indigenous peoples.
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