September 24, 2023


Arts Eternal

P.E.I. art exhibition focuses on effects of climate change, erosion

Kirstie McCallum is an Island artist. (Tony Davis/CBC – image credit rating)

A few P.E.I. artists who are doing work on art projects applying the setting all over them came collectively this weekend to raise consciousness about shoreline erosion and local weather alter.

All tasks in the exhibition integrate residing shorelines along Hillsborough River, which use pure buffers among the ocean and Island cliffs.

Kirstie McCallum is functioning on a task in close proximity to the shore on Tea Hill.

She has designed baskets employing located raspberry cane. She programs to plant native wildflowers in the baskets along the shore this spring.

“I feel we are in a point out of weather unexpected emergency now. We are needing to adapt and grapple with the way that our landscapes are altering,” she explained.

Tony Davis/CBC

Tony Davis/CBC

The hope is that the artwork “will persuade individuals to see ways, assume about approaches to possibly harmonize with all-natural cycles, sluggish down and take into consideration the means that we can settle for transform and operate with alter rather of resisting and transferring towards adjust, which is inescapable,” McCallum stated.

The undertaking also capabilities a tree that will get the job done as a sundial symbolizing nature’s connection with time. The prepare is to have baskets in area with wildflowers in them this spring, she said.

Doug Dumais, another a single of the artists, spent five days in an outdoor studio together the river previous summer time. He snapped photos of minor alterations in the environment and wrote poetry about it.

Art has a purpose in translating and visualizing some scientific principles close to climate adjust, Dumais claimed.

“Scientific facts is often primarily based on a little something pretty much abstract. It is type of challenging to wrap your head all around a little something that is all based in quantities and figures,” he mentioned.

Tony Davis/CBC

Tony Davis/CBC

“What I love about art is it can ask these significant concerns, you know, what does it mean to be a human in a planet that variations more than millennia? What does it mean to have to form of operate with and from mother nature at each phase of the human encounter?”

The poetry Dumais place with each other with his images is pretty much illegible at factors, but it is really intentional, he stated.

“No issue how a great deal we know about mother nature there is generally a component of it that usually escapes our grasp, escapes our information,” Dumais mentioned.

The artwork exhibition continues Monday at Beaconsfield Carriage Residence in Charlottetown.