Body Coral

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2014) Body Coral.

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The work of art, Body Coral, depicts a person with ossified head, heart and veins. Bleached coral appears to have migrated from its watery ossuary and invaded the human form. The work aims to generate a sense of urgency about the loss of 50% of the coral due to bleaching over the past 27 years by conflating human and coral health. The piece attempts to illicit reflection regarding the action we might take if bleached coral invaded our body. Would we consider the impact of human agency on nature to a greater extent than now? The piece attempts to make visible the plight of coral reefs as they silently dissolve, far from our sight and to far from our mind.

Research Statement

Research Background Ideas associated with the eco-sublime form the research background for the digital image, Body Coral. Theorists in the realm of the arts have suggested the concept of the eco-sublime to address the realization that nature may not be able to withstand the effects of human agency. The work of art, Coral Bleaching, is situated in a research background of the eco-sublime.
Research Contribution Body Coral makes a contribution to new knowledge by directing attention to aspects of life that may not have been recognized. The substitution of a human head, heart and veins with bleach coral suggests a worrying end for us all. The sensuous form belies a morbid fait. The image may illicit reflection regarding our responsibility in relation to coral bleaching. The work makes a research contribution is the manner in which new understandings of life, in relation to the bleaching of coral, are suggested by the work.
Research Significance The significance of this research is the original manner in which it directs thinking to issues of our time. The contemporary arts are noted for the way in which artists respond to conditions of living in the present. Such work resonates with others of the same generation around the globe. Works of art can be culturally significant when they make a contribution to human understanding. Works of art are significant in terms of research when they extend human understanding in and through the arts. The work of art, Coral Bleaching, aims to make such a contribution.
Item ID: 36004
Item Type: Artefact
Media of Output: Digital Image 20cm x 25cm
Keywords: coral bleaching, art
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This work was included in the exhibition: 'Exodus: Coral Bleaching and Heat Stress' held at KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 12 May - 21 June 2014. See the Related URLs link below for the exhibition catalogue and more information.

Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 00:48
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
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