BEAUTY AND DECAY:
DEATH MASK OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Edition No. 1-3, SCULPTURE, 2018
Resin, pigment, patinated bronze powder
50 x 40 x 33cm
This series was made as a recipient Studio Start-Up Residency Award, Abbotsford Convent, 2017-2018 (VIC). Featured in the group exhibition Soul and Mortar, Nishi Gallery, during the Art, Not Apart Festival 2019 (ACT).
Scientists declare we have approximately 25 years left to fight climate change. Despite that nearly every country in the world is currently a signatory to the Paris agreement, the world's leaders are stagnating in the critical process of reconstructing our industry practices and government policies. Are we beyond the Rubicon? Is the "fall of Earth" an impending reality in which, like Pompay and the Roman Senators, results in us escaping in the few ships available to recolonise on Titan?
This artwork serves as a hypothetical treasured artefact - it is a hauntingly poignant death mask of the Great Barrier Reef. Akin to the death masks and iconographic busts of the once-powerful nobles and famed individuals, all that remains in this story is the cold plastic impression of a heretofore Australian relic, and a point, indeed crossed.