Art Aviso – 1.5 Degrees

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.

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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.

Artist Statement:
Since 2009, when Ali Griffin lost her home in the Black Saturday bush-fires, her artwork
has sought to challenge ideas of value. We live in a world where nature competes with humans for habitat; there is a constant battle between want vs need; and the everyday challenges of living, fight for attention with global survival. Through her work we are reminded of absurdities, such as collecting mass-produced plastic ornaments as mementos of personal experiences, giving little thought to their production or the future of the places they were purchased.

Griffin is interested in creating artwork that has meaning and connection to the viewer.
She believes in the importance of opening minds to new ways of understanding and
informing the population at large.
Ali’s works are often tender and thought provoking, and strive to remind of the possibili-
ties, and asks ‘what needs to change for us to value what we already have?’
Ali Griffin is a practising artist with a strong reputation for diverse, multi-dimensional
artworks. Her work has been showcased in both permanent and temporary public art
installations and commissions in public parks and buildings, and renowned galleries and
shows such as the McClelland Sculpture Park, The Yering Sculpture Show, The Burrinja
Biennale, The Toolangi Sculpture Trail, and through solo and group exhibitions.


Ali Griffin
Charcoal frottageon Hosho paper, Gold leaf
2x(1.6mx48cm) 1x (1mx1.3m)