Barbara Boissevain is a nationally exhibited photographic artist who uses her art to explore and document various environmental and social justice issues. In her current photographic series The Trees Will Outlive Us, she explores abandoned human structures in the process of decay and transformation, finding an inherent tension between the desolate beauty and the future evolution of relinquished sites. Her ongoing project, titled Big Dirty Secrets, highlights issues of environmental toxicity relevant to the inhabitants of the Silicon Valley. The intention of her work is to cultivate awareness and provoke meaningful discourse about environmental stewardship.
Boissevain received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and her M.F.A. from San Jose State University. Boissevain is currently an artist in residence at the Cubberley Studio Art Program in Palo Alto and teaches in the department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University.