Art as Activism – Bleached


Engaging with the concept of BLEACHED, this installation explores our bleached ocean environment and the bleaching of our cultural diversity.  It was created for the Invitational,  Art as Activism Exhibition at Columbia Center for the Arts  in Hood River, Oregon.  The exhibition runs through April 1, 2018.   ON BLEACHED ENVIRONMENTS…. My paintings document the changes of our coral reefs in a short 36-year period, and the ensuing dismay at such a great loss. The Great Barrier Reef, experienced a significant  coral bleaching event, affecting 1/3 of the reef in 2015, and more bleaching occurred in 2017, one of the warmest years on record for our planet.  What causes the bleaching of coral?  Scientists agree the invisible CO2 pollution  we send into our air when we fly, drive, eat beef, heat our homes by burning fossil fuels, effectively wraps a blanket around our planet, making the oceans too warm for coral to thrive. The coral expels the algae on which it feeds, which compromises its survival.  

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