Franschhoek exhibition intersects art and science

Sea snail (coal and dust)

Ingrid Bolton’s Lines of Demarcation exhibition, will take place until mid-December, at IS Art Gallery, 11 Hugu enot Streeet, Franschhoek. Ms Bolton describes her work:

“At the point where the absorption of carbon dioxide takes place, between the atmosphere and the ocean is the ecocline.

“Field biologists describe the ecocline or ecotone as that place where two boundaries or environments come together and intersect. It is also the place where the landscape meets the atmosphere.

“This body of work attempts to intersect the disciplines of art and science.

“It is concerned with the idea of the edge: boundary or border as a conceptual notion, as well as through my art making practice.

“Anthropogenic climate change (caused by humans) is due in large part to the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil, which I use in my art making.

“I also use calcium carbonate, which is a compound that is essential for skeletal and shell production in marine animals.

“Ocean acidification is having a profound impact on microscopic organisms, in particular those that don’t thrive in a more acidic environment.

“Some of these organisms exist at the bottom of the oceanic food chain and so have a knock-on effect on the creatures we eat, like fish and mollusks.

“The physical spaces or ecoclines that I explore, are where the land intersects with the sky and where the ocean meets the atmosphere.

“The encounter that I highlight in this space is that between carbon dioxide and tiny marine organisms called phytoplankton.

“My focus is specifically on a group of organisms called arthropods, commonly known as the sea snail or sea butterfly.”

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