Artwork: Washed Away
Award: 2017 Merit Award Acquisition
Medium: earthenware, handbuilt, 45 x 60 x 40cm
Manningham Art Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Skepsi Gallery.
"Some say the world is getting hotter, some say this is due to mankind’s impact upon the earth, yet others refuse to acknowledge that the environment around us is changing and in a rapid way. With more information and knowledge at our fingertips than ever before, why is it that many of us just don’t see the impact our actions are having on the world around us? With each day, we are given the opportunity to do something about it, yet for something so critical to our future survival, there is little being done about it. Since 1992, melting ice from both poles have been responsible for a fifth of the global rise in sea levels, with the polar ice sheets melting faster in the last 20 years than in the last 10,000. The work titled Washed Away looks at how other inhabitants of this world are suffering the consequences of our own actions. Global warming is altering key habitat elements that are critical to wildlife’s survival and putting natural resources in jeopardy. Studies have projected that the Arctic could see its first ice-free summer as soon as 2020." - Tim Clarkson, 2017.