A Hand in Coral Bleaching

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2014) A Hand in Coral Bleaching.

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The work of art, A Hand in Coral Bleaching, depicts two hands intertwined with fingers of bleached coral. The suggestion in this work of art is that human agency has played a hand in coral bleaching. 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. The work of art seeks to conflate human agency with the demise coral colonies and to recognize the hand we have played in the process.

Research Statement

Research Background Ideas associated with the eco-sublime form the research background for the digital image, A Hand in Coral Bleaching. 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, A Hand in Coral Bleaching, is situated investigates ideas associated with the eco-sublime.
Research Contribution The work of art, A Hand in Coral Bleaching makes a contribution to new knowledge by directing attention to aspects of life that may not have been recognized. The strategy of two hands intertwined with fingers of bleached coral suggests that human agency has played a hand in 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. 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: 36007
Item Type: Artefact
Media of Output: Digital Image 20cm x 25 cm
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: 09 Mar 2015 06:41
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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