Finalist in Manly Environmental Art and Design Prize
Manly Art Gallery and Museum, 5th – 28th August 2022
“This artwork revisits a habitat display at the American natural History Museum in New York depicting the Andros coral reef in the Bahamas that recorded its pristine and vibrant ecosystem. Produced in 1935, it provided valuable data for scientist of the reef’s biodiversity. Reimagining of global warming and rising water temperatures has wreaked havoc. Ocean levels have risen submerging reef and beach. Surviving palms stand resolutely against the threatening tides and bleached coral cling to unstable seabeds. The once abundant population of flamingo (Phoenicopterus) have disappeared, leaving a string of empty silhouettes against threatening skies. As further signs of habitat destruction, plastic debris float along vital currents, causing the suffocation and entanglement of marine species. These pieces of plastic were collected from a colony of sea birds who had ingested it to feed their fledglings, many of whom died.
WORKS ON PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHY”