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.
CATHERINE FITZ-GERALD - Transposition 31
FULL TITLE:Transposition 31 – Illecillewaet Glacier, Alberta 1988
Photographer: Justek 16: Illecillewaet Glacier Terminal, Alberta 2013
Thirty years ago, while living in Canada, I hiked and sketched some of the spectacular glaciers there, humbled by a landscape that seemingly payed no heed to human presence. Last year I researched how those glaciers were being affected by a warming world. I sought out photographers and scientists whose recent images were taken in the same season, from the same viewpoint as my early sketches. These works continue my response to visits to glaciers on four continents, and contrasts new works based on my 1980s originals, with compelling photographs of the glaciers’ decline viewed via the use of a QR code exhibited with each work.
As the glaciers withdraw in lockstep around the world, their glacial pace has become a sprint. Here six acrylic abstractions based on lived experience are paired with digital images of someone else’s memory, creating visual elements seen and unseen.
In the liminal spaces between solid and liquid, memory and present, between action and inaction, I encourage contemplation on water; the impact a 1.5° rise will have on its global, increasingly fragile, interconnected cycle, our total dependence upon it, and the swiftly evaporating time we all have to make a difference.
Catherine Fitz-Gerald is a South Australian artist recognized for her luminous oils and light filled abstracts. Over the years Catherine’s works have focused on many themes and social issues including the slow food movement, food miles, mental health and climate change.
Always inspired by nature and light her current work explores water, the interfaces where dry land becomes submerged by water and life changes, the alteration of state as glaciers melt from solid to liquid, natural water systems and how humanity’s use affects the water cycle. Catherine’s works often begin with memory, a direct and specific moment in time. Using slices of light and simplified forms her abstractions create images particular to time and place that are still able to be ‘anywhere’ and encourage a link to the viewer’s own memories. Catherine has participated in many group exhibitions as artist and curator and held multiple solo exhibitions to great success. Her works can be found in private collections in Europe, Asia, USA and throughout Australia.
Link to Digital Image
ART AVISO PROFILE