Red tide

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

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Abstract

The works of art in the exhibition Red Tide aim to present a vision of climate change in a manner that generates reflective understanding. The exhibition references emotional responses to climate change and celebrates the beauty and scarcity of human and non-human forms of life. These visual works remind us of the fragility of the biosphere and our collective responsibility for the stewardship of this small planet.

Robyn Glade-Wright's artistic practice revolves around concerns for the environment and the manner in which works of art serve to illuminate aspects of lived experiences

Degradation of habitats, changes in land use, climate, and the loss of species due to extinction are recurrent issues in Glade- Wright's practice. She is recognised for working with found objects and natural materials, re-contextualising them into alluring, yet fundamentally disturbing or challenging installations.

Through her installations, Glade-Wright implores her audiences to think about their place within this small and irreplaceable planet.

Research Statement

Research Background Red Tide uses theories of aesthetic cognitivism (Graham 2005), climate communication (Cohen 2016, Hulme 2015, Moser 2017), ecological science (Pimm & Raven, 2017) and the eco-sublime (Palmer 2014) to underpin a practice that considers how we might envisage ecological change in the tropics. Specifically in this work, a response is created to the prediction that by 2050, the weight of plastic in the ocean will equal – and likely surpass – the weight of fish stocks (Jovanovic, 2017).A series of sculptural works that explore the potential for art to communicate in sensuous and emotive ways, Red Tide provokes audiences to consider the impacts of climate change, and as well as their part in it, how they can go about effective positive change.
Research Contribution Contributing to a growing genre of climate change art (Huang, Muller, Mattingly, Yoldas et al.), this work makes a contribution to knowledge and art practice in relation to how our ethical relationships with all living entities can be imagined and understood. Several of the works are featured in the scholarly monograph, in Towards a Sociology of the Coast (Osbaldiston 2018).
Research Significance The works of art in the exhibition Red Tide are significant as they demonstrate how art can be used to secure an understanding of abstract concepts such as the impacts of climate change. The visual form along with the aesthetic and emotional appeal can contribute to reflection and generate understanding. In this way, the knowledge of science can be rendered in a form that enables people from various walks of life to understand the veracity of the climate change. The work was seen by 20,000 visitors to the Cairns Regional Gallery and it was reported in the new paper and on the television news.
Item ID: 47489
Item Type: Creative Work (Original Work - Visual Art - NTRO)
Media of Output: Mixed media: plant material, paint, paper, cardboard, wood, nylon, plastic knives, forks and spoons, buoy, light, rope, pastel, lighters
Event Details: Red Tide
Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, QLD, Australia
22 October - 27 November 2016
Keywords: art, climate change, Anthropocene
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Details of artworks:

Cyclone. Plant materials, white paint, nylon. 200 x 240 cm.

Crown-of-Thorns 34 pieces. Palm frond seeds, paint. Installation 300 x 300cm.

I’m just so sorry. Wood, paper, leaves, paint, pen. 240 x 240 x 180 cm.

Red Tide. Paper, cardboard, seeds, glue, paint. 800 x 30 x 10 cm.

Very Fishy Paper, cardboard, plastic knives, forks and spoons, glue, paint. 800 x 30 x 10 cm.

Coast. Lighters, nylon, 330 x 280 x 2 cm.

Washed Up. Buoy, light, rope, pastel, 140 x 80 x 80 cm.

I’m so sorry. Wood, paper, leaves, paint, pen. 240 x 240 x 140 cm.

Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 06:13
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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