‘Devonian Reefs’ references one of the five mass extinctions on Earth that destroyed 99% of the worlds coral reefs, caused by CO2 and the acidification of the ocean that took 100 million years for the planet to recover from. These reefs today provide the stores of shale oil in the US, Australia and Canada. The navigational time totems are acrylic (PPMA) made from these fossil fuels, reborn reefs reflecting the sixth mass extinction we are now entering, The Anthropocene. The installation also references the panel works of John McCraken, but instead of clarity conciseness and effectiveness, this work looks at properties of opacity, obscurity, and inconclusiveness. Like a polychromatic oil slick, these totems engage with global warming and ocean acidification from the oily grave of the age of the fishes.
2400 x 40