In 2015 I created the underbelly installation as a way of imagining what it might be like beneath an Antarctic glacier where the sea is melting the ice from below – somewhere humans have never been or seen. Later in that year I worked with sound artist James Maher to create a video. Well, scientists have just filmed beneath a melting glacier for the first time and it seems our work was pretty accurate!
An image from the Catch Your Breath project is being shown alongside ancient aboriginal rock art, The Scream and The Birth of Venus as part of an exhibition touring the UK. The exhibition explores how the breath has been understood and experienced over time by philosophers, scientists and artists and has been developed by the Life of Breath group based at Durham and Bristol universities as a five year project funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Coincidentally, the exhibition is called Catch Your Breath, which explains why I couldn’t secure catchyourbreath.org for my own project website 🙂
It’s been a busy few months and a busy 2 weeks still to come with three art projects to complete for two exhibitions. These are all outcomes of my Honours study and the culmination of a year of research into alternative ways of engaging in the climate change discussion. The ‘raising awareness’ approach of past works is not necessarily effective at getting people’s attention and these new projects are focussed on either exploring solutions or looking for ways to promote a reconnection with each other and the planet and to put climate change in the broader context of all the problems we face.