Catherine Nolan - Copepod & Ice Floe

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Catherine Nolan - Copepod & Ice Floe

155.00

Gouache, watercolour, trace and cotton on 2 balsa panels. Unframed. Original.
20cm x 15cm (total)

I want to understand the effects of climate change on oceans and reefs, and have been investigating how these complex systems function, drawing and painting aspects of my research that capture my imagination. With my work, I want to convey a sense of wonder and awe at the natural environment. So many of the processes that are essential to life are invisible to the naked eye. In taking the time to pay attention to these processes and capture their essence, either observationally or intuitively, I hope to draw people's attention to the natural world, and by extension, to evoke their interest in helping to preserve it. I was awakened to the magical strangeness of the underwater world while scuba diving, and feel fiercely protective of ocean health as I see the depredations our carelessness inflicts.

Part of the difficulty with getting people to engage with climate change is that it exists mainly as an idea that comes to us through science, whose communications, couched in specific and abstruse language,  alienates many people.  Engaging with climate change through art gives us a chance to bring this topic into an accessible, human-scaled arena. Arousing our connection to the sacred in the mundane speaks to our highest levels of responsibility. In this age of individuality, the next step is to re-discover our connectedness to the group, & by extension, to all of ‘nature’, which sustains us.

Copepods (a type of zooplankton) are a major food source of everything from krill, to small fish, whales and birds. Their survival is threatened by the changing salinity of oceans, brought about by climate change. The melting ice floe shows the connection between seemingly disparate marine elements.

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