The whirlwind of data and opinion surrounding climate change can be overwhelming; how do we form something meaningful and informative out of all of the figures, news, opinions and anxiety surrounding this topic?
Art connects us to the problem in a felt way, it encourages engagement, deep thinking, problem-solving and questioning.
The title of this exhibition (1.5 Degrees) comes from the challenge of the global community to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees (above pre-industrial levels). It is about the science of climate change, communicated in diverse and intriguing ways.
17 Artist from across Australia explore our relationship to the planet, through explorations of the juncture between science and art, and the very human response to the looming threat of climate change.
DI DIDDLE - The Very Long Drought
These 2 works express the extremes of weather variables we currently face in Australia.
Water is scarce and our poor land is crumbling under our feet. On those unbearably hot days when the temperature peaks well above 40 I wonder if the birds will just start falling out of the sky. I can’t believe it when a change blows through and they are all still out there. Lack of rain lead me to “The Very Long Drought”.
“The Really Big Flood” was inspired by Queensland floods and the devastating amount of water that fell & will fall…..unless of course all that region becomes a desert…..great for fish….not so great for humans – but I guess that’s the whole point of Climate Change – the earth is crying upon us.
Because humans can be pretty banal and that is actually, in reality, overwhelmingly fascinating. Our unedited failings and moments of simplicity and tenderness are not so funny, but might be. Random ideas. Painted on reclaimed remnants of neighbourhood renovated kitchens and discarded cupboards and drawers.