Our sea is not only polluted with waste but we can also expect the oceans to rise between 0.8 and 2 meters by 2100, enough to swamp many of the cities along the U.S. East Coast. More dire estimates, including a complete meltdown of the Greenland ice sheet, push sea level rise to 7 meters, enough to submerge London.
The warmer air and ocean surface temperatures brought on by Climate Change impact corals and alter coral reef communities by prompting coral bleaching events and altering ocean chemistry. These impacts affect corals and the many organisms that use coral reefs as habitat. (Corals are animals, related to anemones and jellyfish.)
The Great Barrier Reef is in the midst of its worst coral bleaching event on record.
This series of work is related to pollution and the resulting changes in the ocean and responding to rubbish and natural forms that get washed up on our beaches.
Reef, 2016 (washed-up plastic rubbish)
Reef, 2016 (washed-up rubbish)
reefs, 2016 - studio shot, Flinders Island (washed-up rubbish)
related works 2014-17:
Waste callection 2017,glazed ceramic
Vulcan, 2017, glazed ceramic; from the series Catastrophes
Reefs, 2016; sizes variable(washed up rubbish, shells, sponges, wood):
Perforated forms (photographs of sponges 90 x 80 cm, 2009 and 2016; objects: porcelain, ceramic, wood, rubber, metal, print)