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.
ALI GRIFFIN - All things considered unequal
The intrinsic value of a tree alters each time its shape and meaning alters, and depending on who is viewing it. As a living organism and part of a forest, it holds a greater value than it holds on its own. However the monetary value of a single tree is what most humans seem to be interested in.
A charcoal frottage represents the commercial value of a tree. Gold leaf signifies the areas that fit into an economically viable shape which can be cut, transported, and sold most economically. What is leftover outside this area is discarded as waste.
What’s left in the bush is a forest of stumps, soon to be burnt in the name of ‘regeneration’. These would be homes to ecosystems that support life, including our own. These thoughts conjure images of burnt blackened homes on our TV screens after what are becoming all too familiar bushfires.
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