The deadline for delivery of prints is six days away, but most of them have now arrived and I’m expecting the others to be on their way very soon. I’m posting two images a day on our Facebook page but if you’re not on Facebook, I’ll be posting a few here every now and then and will be uploading the collophon when the exhibition is about to open. Don’t forget, every single one of these prints is for sale for only $85, and in some cases there are extra prints available. There will also be larger prints and a few paintings on display – more details about those in a future post.
So here’s a small taster of the treats to come:
Don’t you love this print by Helen Kocis Edwards?
The interdependence between marine organisms means the health of each biological entity affects the functioning of this complex ecosystem. ‘Swallowed’ considers the effect polluting waterways and oceans have upon the substances fish species ingest and their environmental consequences.
In addition to conveying a powerful message, this print is a very clever piece of artwork. Each colour is printed from a separate block, although I guess that perhaps the polluting objects might have all been printed from the same block, rolled up in three different colours.
Jen Conde’s cyanotype is a very different process. It’s produced by exposing materials (in this case, netting and paper stencils) to light, over paper treated with a photosensitive chemical.
Jen says of her work:
Of all the organisms in the oceans and on earth, humans are the most destructive. It seems we are caught in a net of mindless consumption and greed. Last year 115,000 items of litter were removed from four rivers in my region through a local government healthy waterway clean up program. Almost 45% of this litter was plastic along with food packaging and styrofoam products. Discarded plastic is a man made problem. Are we smart enough to remedy the problem caused by our own carelessness?
For me, water has long held a significant role. The Global Oceans International Print Exchange is another opportunity to explore my themes – love of water and the interconnectedness of man to this essential element of life. The greater our voice, the more people listen and our human organism becomes organised for change.
Cyanotype printing is photographic printing process invented in the early 1840s. Also know as shadowgraphs or blue prints, this relatively simple process produces prints that are cyan blue, the colour of water.
I live by a creek that empties into the sea five minutes’ walk from my house. I kept a blog for a month, documenting the amount of plastic that I collected on my daily walks. I no longer collect plastic every day, but I organise a mammoth cleanup every now and again, in an attempt to keep our part of the creek as healthy as possible. There is no way any of us can clean up the oceans, but we can all stop adding to the pollution by acting on a local scale.