Glade-Wright, Robyn (2016) Coast. [Creative Work]

image of coastline of Australia
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Coast was exhibited in the solo exhibition Red Tide in 2016 at Cairns Regional Gallery.

Research Statement

Research Background The research background for Coast relates to the eco-sublime. The sublime has long been associated with an appreciation of the daunting power of nature. The eco-sublime addresses the current predicament or perturbing recognition that the environment has been degraded. This work of art addresses the dilemma of the degradation of the once pristine coast of Australia.
Research Contribution Coast makes a contribution to our understanding of how insights can be communicated in the form of art. The affects of the anthropocene are represented in a fictitious, aesthetic and symbolic manner. In this instance, Coast highlights the degradation of the oceans. Six to thirty-five thousand tons of plastic debris is floating in the ocean, poisoning marine organisms and entering the food web (Duarte, 2014). Some of this was washed up and used to create Coast.
Research Significance The research significant of Coast involves a refinement of the subversive use of beauty to create works of art. The coast with romanticized ideas of palm trees, sunshine, cool breezes and pristine blue oceans is disturbed by a line in the sand formed by washed up lighters. Debris for our culture is psychologically disturbing and to imagine Australia is defined by rubbish is of concern.
Item ID: 45173
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Cigarette lighters washed up on the coast, nylon line (330cm x 200cm x 4cm)
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Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 04:07
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360602 Fine arts @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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