Academic journal article Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue

Disintegrating Colonies

Academic journal article Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue

Disintegrating Colonies

Article excerpt

This work is intended to show the effects of C[O.sub.2] build-up in the waters of the ocean. Colonies of coral-like creatures called bryozoans are losing their shells to acidification, which limits their ability to produce the individual structures within which they live.

I love little crittters and the fact that these bryozoans are becoming homeless because of too much acid eating away at their homes is distressing--especially as I can see them becoming extinct if we don't do something about our emissions. This work represents my reaction to their plight and uses acidic pink colouration drifting in the mostly blue ocean, like rust attacking iron and rendering it useless. Eventually it will destroy what lies beneath.

I think we humans are too inclined to see the ocean as so vast that it can absorb anything without much harm. We have used it as a dustbin for much of our existence, but now it has reached the stage where it cannot sustain any more damage without, in turn, damaging us. We are the chicks who fouled their nest--but in reality we must grow up and tidy our home or much of what now exists will be swept away, including all that we have achieved. We only have one home, so we must take care of it. There is no other place to go if this one becomes uninhabitable.

To create this piece, I have used deconstructed printmaking processes and hand-printing in combination with thickened dyes, print paste and the judicious use of scissors and thread. …

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