Ticking-Time-Bomb

Ambiance:

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition Spring 2019

            Society is always racing to get from point A to point B. We are determined to rush and run, so that time is not wasted. But what if point B disappeared because we were not paying enough attention to point A? “For time is the essential ingredient; but in the modern world there is no time [1].” In the 1960’s, Rachel Carson established the Environmental Movement, analyzing harmful, human influences on the environment. Since then, society is attempting to mend past mistakes and think towards a better future but there is still a strong disillusionment coined in the phrase, “out of sight, out of mind.” Many members of society are working in ways that they hope will improve our environment and end the ticking-time-bomb that is climate change, however we are still slow to the race.

 Through these oil paintings and sculptures, I explore my overwhelming observations of pollution in the world, specifically associated to plastics. Eventually, I hope to bring awareness to our current crisis, to influence change no matter how minuscule it may be. Inspiring environmental understanding through oil painting incorporating mixed collage. The use of oil painting is imperative to my own art making as well as conveying a connection. Painting has been a form of human expression for thousands of years and is one of the many traits that differentiated us from other animals some 40,000 years ago [2]. Combining the traditional practice of oil painting with present materials such as plastic helps tie the past together with the future.

 

[1] Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, (New York: Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002), 6.

[2] John Noble Wilford, “Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known,” (New York: The New York Times, 2014) A17.

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