December 7, 2023


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Announcing The Tidal Shift Award Winners


The six recipients of the first Tidal Shift Award offered original and imagined-provoking artworks that interact with our climate disaster and inspire action. By illustration, metalsmithing, sculpture, music, aquaculture, and trend, these artists proved that the long term is in great fingers, but the time to act is now.

&#147Artwork is, for me, one particular of the most impactful methods to spread a information, specifically vogue.&#148

— Hannah Slone

Hannah Slone’s “A Gown Produced From Squander”

Hannah Slone’s “A Gown Manufactured From Squander”

This costume was built working with plastic shipping and delivery/storage components. I collected them in excess of a month’s interval of time from the shipments the keep I worked in had received. I manufactured this dress in order to raise recognition of how considerably squander we produce and the amounts of plastic air pollution we generate. I interlaced the plastic jointly applying grommets and sashes. The sashes are compromised of white lifeless-inventory fabric that I naturally dyed yellow with turmeric. I meant for the dress to be in a position to slide apart with a single pull of a sash, littering the ground with plastic.

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Flora Lung explores the climate improve threats of deforestation and desertification, and the significant role of the unique to safeguard our surroundings. My sculpture is motivated by early diving equipment, “Aqua Lung”. Just as humans produced technological innovation to endure underwater, this futurist determine has been pressured to invent new technologies, Flora Lung to endure on land.

The solitary determine sits atop a lone pine tree stump between a broad expanse of dry land, devoid of vegetation. The determine takes advantage of oxygen from totally grown air plants to survive. I chose air plants due to their resistance to severe disorders and their require for minimum h2o. The figure’s posture and grip clearly show that it is intent on guarding and nurturing various modest sprouts in order to replenish Flora Lung.

&#147I desired to deliver consciousness mainly to the influence that local climate alter has on the coral reefs.&#148

— Ellie Bouman

Ellie Bouman’s “The Colorless Sea”

Ellie Bouman’s “The Colorless Sea”

My piece was built to convey focus to the outcomes of weather transform on coral reefs, and the importance of education and learning on the issue. The concept of this piece is that if drastic action is not taken swiftly, most coral reefs will die off and nutritious, colorful corals will only be uncovered in publications and photos. The e-book also represents training, for the reason that people today are most probably to choose motion from local climate change if they are educated on the topic. The ultimate concept that my piece brings to the table is the domino impact that the deaths of coral reefs will have on numerous species and ecosystems. As represented by the fish swimming in only the healthful corals, if the reefs die off so will about 25% of all marine life as there will be a deficiency of food items and nutrition.

Nicky Howard Rogers’ “Microcosms”

Microcosms is manufactured up of a collection of little worlds, or ecosystems, each and every of which are carefully designed to reflect unique environmental results of the present-day local weather disaster in Maine. As anyone who has lived in Maine their full daily life I have viewed the effects of world wide warming initial hand. Whether or not it be in the form of droughts my spouse and children has experienced although farming, enormous algae blooms that kill freshwater ecosystems, or diminished sea lifestyle brought about by the acidification of oceans all through Maine.

Carolina Bragg’s “If Bees Are Few”

A. R. Ammons is my preferred environmental poet. His published snapshots of the all-natural entire world are forthright about the peril mother nature is in, but also about its opportunity for regrowth. This composition for SSA choir is established to two of his is effective about a single bee. In one of these poems, “Release,” the bee travels homeward. In the other, “Oblivion’s Bloom,” the bee fulfills its death on the arrival of the initially cold. Ammons’ creating resonates currently, as carbon emissions, loss of habitat, and the pesticide market bring about the unparalleled destruction of honey bee colonies. I selected to reorder the poems so that Oblivion’s Bloom comes initial, soon after which the bee, maybe consultant of the whole species, finds his way household. Melodically and thematically, this piece explores the notion of property: the bee’s property, and the property he shares with us.

&#147The role of artists, for me, [is] to disrupt the common designs of contemplating.&#148

— Katherine Concannon

Katherine Concannon’s “What We Still left At the rear of”

I attended a 2019 Local climate Wander that travelled Vermont to convey recognition to environmental justice. I noticed the litter that we encountered although traversing highway shoulders. Plastic baggage fluttered like prayer flags alongside mosaics of beer cans embedded in the dust. Nonetheless, lifestyle also flourished in this strip of borderlands involving technologies and wilderness. Unveiled from tree protect, seedlings attained for the solar, and hundreds of salamanders dashed the asphalt to breed in downhill vernal pools.



Offered by the The Local climate Initiative and Portland Museum of Artwork, Maine.


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