Salt Water Skin BoatsFebruary 17–March 17, 2016
Set against a background of the chemistry and physics of ocean change, these images juxtapose elegant crystallized mathematical formulas with imagined textual dialogues (between Lao Tzu, Pope Francis’s Laudato si’, Applebaum’s The Stop, and Derrida’s Memoirs of the Blind) and blind bodies balancing, diving, swimming, and floating. With these somaesthetic encounters stopped at the brink of imagining a new way, I try to process the implications of the changing global oceans. For so long, the ocean has been an emblem of healing and spiritual solace. What might it mean to consider that the ocean is sick? And what are the implications for our own balancing bodies?This current work is fuelled by environmental urgency, but draws equally on environmental fecundity, freedom, and the miraculousness of the ordinary.