Over-Consumption

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2019) Over-Consumption. [Creative Work]

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Abstract

The work of art Over-Consumption seeks to raise awareness of the impact of human production, transport and consumption of consumer goods. Impacts include climate change and coral bleaching.

Research Background: Climate Change Communicators and Environmental Psychologists indicate that messages delivered in Arts and Humanities can play a role in stimulating pro-environmental behaviour (Moser, 2016; Roosen et al., 2018). Works of art can engage viewers in a personal story that shifts climate change from temporally and spatially distant problem to a solution focus now and in the local region (Steelman et al., 2018; Sommer & Klöckner, 2019). To research the efficacy of environmental massing in the visual arts Over-Consumption was created and exhibited in three sites in the Cairns region.

Research Contribution: Over-Consumption is a 2.5 metre-long sculptural work, that takes the form of a loaded, container ship, floating in a lifeless bleached coral reef. The name Over-Consumption is visible on the side of the vessel. The work suggests a link between production, transport and consumerism of goods and the dying reef. The work tests the finding of Climate Communicators by creating an original site for reflection and potential understanding regarding the Anthropocene. The work generates new knowledge regarding ways of addressing the critical challenge of climate communication and fostering suitable behaviour.

Research Significance: Over-Consumption was viewed by 10,000 people during the exhibition Call of the Running Tide held in Port Douglas. The piece has been exhibited in The Cairns Institute, James Cook University and Disquiet at NorthSite, gallery of Contemporary Art in Cairns. The work holds significance in generating new forms to address climate change in this region which is bordered by the Great Barrier Reef.

Item ID: 61089
Item Type: Creative Work (Original Work - Visual Art)
Media of Output: Sculpture of cardboard, bamboo, plant materials, glue, paint, Vinyl lettering (100 x 60 x 270 cm)
Event Details: Call of the Running Tide
Port Douglas, QLD, Australia
20-29 September 2019
Keywords: Visual Art, Eco-Art, Environmental Communication
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Copyright Information: Copyrights © Robyn Glade-Wright. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 06:26
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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