Grief Work/Hope Work

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  • Grief Work/Hope Work, Watersheds, Rising Tides and Skinboats: Connecting Ecology, Community, Science and Art | Opening reception will be on June 30, 1:00 -3:00 pm | Admission is free

    This series of drawings, paintings, artist books, maguettes, sculptures and soundscapes, which draw analogies between human bodies and bodies of water, and ask questions about climate/ocean change—the most urgent of wicked problems facing humanity today.  Predominantly using boat metaphors and a virtual soundscape accessible via QR code and cell phone technology, this work explores the radical interconnections between human actions and ecological issues, and invites the collective grief work/hope work that is necessary in order to consider a new intimacy with the earth.  Stumbling along the fault lines between ethics and aesthetics, ecology, community, science and art, this work seek to make sense of a complex issue that affects all life on the planet.  Linking doing, being, creating and conserving in concrete entanglements of visceral material, scientific data, sound and embodied sensory perception, these sculptural versions of coracles (the most ancient boat construction known) function as contemporary oracles.  We ask how is it possible to stay afloat during a wicked storm?

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