May 29, 2022

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Announcing The Tidal Shift Award Winners

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The 6 recipients of the 1st Tidal Change Award offered initial and thought-provoking artworks that engage with our local climate crisis and encourage motion. Through illustration, metalsmithing, sculpture, tunes, aquaculture, and fashion, these artists proved that the upcoming is in excellent fingers, but the time to act is now.


&#147Art is, for me, 1 of the most impactful strategies to unfold a message, primarily manner.&#148

— Hannah Slone

Hannah Slone’s “A Costume Produced From Waste”

Hannah Slone’s “A Costume Made From Squander”

This costume was built using plastic shipping/storage elements. I collected them around a month’s time period of time from the shipments the shop I worked in experienced obtained. I designed this gown in buy to increase consciousness of how considerably waste we create and the quantities of plastic pollution we develop. I interlaced the plastic collectively using grommets and sashes. The sashes are compromised of white lifeless-stock fabric that I naturally dyed yellow with turmeric. I meant for the gown to be capable to tumble aside with 1 pull of a sash, littering the ground with plastic.


Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Flora Lung explores the weather change threats of deforestation and desertification, and the critical purpose of the personal to protect our surroundings. My sculpture is encouraged by early diving equipment, “Aqua Lung”. Just as humans designed technological know-how to survive underwater, this futurist figure has been forced to invent new technological know-how, Flora Lung to survive on land.

The solitary figure sits atop a lone pine tree stump among a extensive expanse of dry land, devoid of vegetation. The figure makes use of oxygen from totally developed air crops to endure. I chose air crops because of to their resistance to harsh circumstances and their will need for negligible water. The figure’s posture and grip exhibit that it is intent on shielding and nurturing several modest sprouts in purchase to replenish Flora Lung.


&#147I wished to provide awareness mainly to the impact that weather modify has on the coral reefs.&#148

— Ellie Bouman

Ellie Bouman’s “The Colorless Sea”

Ellie Bouman’s “The Colorless Sea”

My piece was developed to deliver awareness to the effects of local climate alter on coral reefs, and the significance of schooling on the topic. The concept of this piece is that if drastic motion is not taken quickly, most coral reefs will die off and wholesome, colourful corals will only be found in textbooks and photos. The book also signifies instruction, mainly because men and women are most likely to choose action in opposition to local climate change if they are educated on the matter. The final information that my piece delivers to the desk is the domino outcome that the deaths of coral reefs will have on many species and ecosystems. As represented by the fish swimming in only the wholesome corals, if the reefs die off so will in excess of 25% of all maritime life as there will be a lack of meals and vitamins and minerals.


Nicky Howard Rogers’ “Microcosms”

Microcosms is built up of a series of minimal worlds, or ecosystems, every single of which are carefully built to reflect precise environmental outcomes of the existing local weather disaster in Maine. As a person who has lived in Maine their entire lifetime I have found the effects of world-wide warming 1st hand. Whether it be in the type of droughts my spouse and children has knowledgeable when farming, large algae blooms that eliminate freshwater ecosystems, or diminished sea existence brought on by the acidification of oceans during Maine.


Carolina Bragg’s “If Bees Are Several”

A. R. Ammons is my favourite environmental poet. His written snapshots of the pure earth are forthright about the peril mother nature is in, but also about its opportunity for regrowth. This composition for SSA choir is set to two of his operates about a single bee. In 1 of these poems, “Release,” the bee travels homeward. In the other, “Oblivion’s Bloom,” the bee meets its loss of life on the arrival of the initially chilly. Ammons’ producing resonates right now, as carbon emissions, loss of habitat, and the pesticide field result in the unparalleled destruction of honey bee colonies. I selected to reorder the poems so that Oblivion’s Bloom will come first, right after which the bee, maybe agent of the complete species, finds his way dwelling. Melodically and thematically, this piece explores the concept of home: the bee’s dwelling, and the property he shares with us.


&#147The job of artists, for me, [is] to disrupt the traditional patterns of wondering.&#148

— Katherine Concannon

Katherine Concannon’s “What We Left Powering”

I attended a 2019 Local climate Stroll that travelled Vermont to convey consciousness to environmental justice. I observed the litter that we encountered though traversing highway shoulders. Plastic bags fluttered like prayer flags together with mosaics of beer cans embedded in the filth. On the other hand, lifetime also flourished in this strip of borderlands concerning technology and wilderness. Introduced from tree go over, seedlings arrived at for the sun, and countless numbers of salamanders dashed the asphalt to breed in downhill vernal pools.


 

 

Introduced by the The Local climate Initiative and Portland Museum of Artwork, Maine.

 

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