One Earth/One Chance | Artists Standing for an End to Global Warming

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February 19- March 30, 2020
Opening Reception: February 19, 6-9pm

Presented by Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia, Georgia State University Perimeter College

The event will feature an exhibition of work inspired by the climate crisis from 100+ local visual artists, performance art, and a panel discussion with four climate crisis experts. The show is located in the Fine Arts Department, Main Gallery, 3735 Memorial College Ave. Clarkston, GA 30021.

For this show, I was asked to address the issue of global warming. Inspired by the crisis of bleaching of the coral reefs in our oceans, I created the piece “Plastic Reef” using deconstructed plastic milk jugs, bottle caps, keyboard keys, plastic forks, and disposable contact lens cases. There are 5 organic orbs which light up, in response to the unusual phenomenon discovered by scientists, where some coral actually glow before dying, as though crying out for help. I also think of light as a symbol of hope- that humanity will work together to solve the environmental problems we face. What we throw away says a lot about who we are but what we chose to cherish and protect says more in the end.