David Partridge : Environmental Artist email : email@example.com
Creating environmental art to help raise awareness of climate change and it consequences. Like many other artists who have seen the urgent message from scientists get lost in a busy world. I am endeavouring to remind people that it's time to change, now.
2014 - The End of an Ice Age.
The end of an ice age and the dawning of the age of Aquarius.
The ice left to melt in the mid-summer heat of June, has now vanished into a pool of water on the stone floor of the bakery.
Its beauty and ephemeral nature causes one to miss the sculpture like a child that needed constant attention to keep it healthy.
Imagine our planet where the ice has gone and in its place, more water than has ever been seen before. A 200m sea level rise across the planet.
The stunning beauty of nature in the ice sculpture has brought me to the conclusion that the ice and its ephemeral qualities need no help from me to convey the tragic message of climate change and of the loss of ice on our world. The cracks and stretched air bubbles in the ice are quite mesmerising as the ice spins slowly in what appears to be a gravity defying state. In the same way that the flickering of flames in a log fire capture the soul, the ice turning gently on its axis has already captured every soul that has stared into its heart.
Because of its natural beauty, I have come to realise that it does not need a CO2 gas atmosphere to get the message across. It could have been generated from within the ice but it would have compromised the ability of the ice to capture the viewer in exchange for a short lived show of mist.
The ice sphere has an elegant and poetic ability to place the viewer in a light state of trance, through its stunning natural beauty which has exceeded all my expectations. I created the ice sphere but nature and physics have created its overwhelming beauty.
To complement the ice sphere I have recorded its message to be played along side the ice sphere, whilst it still exists and once it has gone. The sounds are from the melting and cracking ice, recorded from within the ice sphere.
A haunting urgent reminder of the problems that mankind will face if we allow the planet's ice to melt and vanish due to our unsustainable use of fossil fuels.
Once the ice sphere has melted, the sound and video recording made will serve as a reminder of its beauty, lost forever.
The ice sphere can be seen and heard at the University of Plymouth's fine art show from the 13th June 2014, at the Bakery space next to the cafe for two weeks. Although I expect the ice will have vanished after the first day of the show.
The Easter Island statues had a message that has become all to obvious to include them in the show. Al Gore has often repeated the fact that we could be witnessing the end of our civilisation, so I decided not to include them in the show. The beauty of the ice speaks for itself and will raise awareness of climate change on its own merit, without distraction.
In 2013 I explored the effects of climate change through paint and ice sculptures. Trying to use the elements involved in climate change to produce an Ice Installation. To date I have created an ice sphere that will emit CO2 mist in an attempt to mimic the climate change process. CO2 ice will be heated within the ice sphere causing the solid CO2 to produce an atmosphere around the sphere. The heat producing the CO2 will also melt the ice.
When a certain tipping point is reached the melting ice sphere will fall onto easter island statues signalling the end of a civilisation.
My art last year was a journey from a Mayan mystery to the physics and elements of the Earth and the Universe.
The Mayan culture of South America had a calendar that counted down to zero on the winter solstice of 2012, predicting the return of the Gods from the sky and the beginning of a new era. My work was initially inspired by this ancient culture and their astronomy. It led me to the real Gods from the sky, the near Earth objects called asteroids that visit Earth. My paintings are my first using oil on canvas and oil, pigment and bees wax on canvas.
Starting to look at the physics involved and how white light is split into the full colour spectrum much like the a meteor hurtling towards Earth pulled into our atmosphere by our planets gravity. Inspired by a moment that I captured with photography of white light from our Sun being split by a crystal.
The elements and physics of Earth and the Universe have shown themselves to be influences in all our lives without us truly taking notice. From the moons gravity pulling our seas to create the tides to water flowing down a plughole anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere. My glasswork is a journey of discovery of the elements and physics of the natural world and capturing a moment caught in time showing the effects of these elements on our world in stunning glass sculptures.