The Portland Museum of Art on Friday introduced 6 winners of the new Tidal Change Award, established to identify teens and youthful older people discovering climate alter by their artwork.
About 70 artists from all above New England submitted performs, such as sculpture, illustration, vogue design, metalsmithing and new music, the museum stated. Four of the 6 winners are from Maine. In addition to being acknowledged by the museum for their operate, the winners in the 19-22 age team each get a $5,000 money prize, even though the winners in the 14-18 age division get $2,500.
The awards had been developed as a collaboration among the museum and The Weather Initiative, a Kennebunkport-centered organization centered on educating and empowering youth as they do the job toward climate alter answers. In describing the award on the PMA’s web-site, the two organizations said they “believe art’s potential to inspire social modify can be harnessed to struggle local weather transform.”
Winners in the more youthful age group bundled Ellie Bouman of Freeport, Benjamin Pochurek of Freeport and Hannah Slone of Kennebunkport. Bouman’s perform, “The Colorless Sea,” is a watercolor and pencil depiction of an underwater scene without colorful coral reefs. The only colour to be discovered on the ocean ground in the work is from a guide that has been misplaced at sea.
“The concept of this piece is that if drastic action is not taken quickly, most coral reefs will die off and healthful, colourful corals will only be located in books and photographs,” Bouman wrote in the artist’s statement. “The e book also represents education and learning, for the reason that folks are most very likely to acquire motion towards local weather alter if they are educated on the issue.”
Pochurek’s work, “Flora Lung,” is a sculpture of a bank loan determine sitting in some potential wasteland putting on elaborate gear built to assistance persons endure in a entire world with no trees and no new air. Materials incorporate oak, cedar, pine, metal, washers, bolts, wire, plastic tubing, air plants and rocks.
“My sculpture is impressed by early diving equipment, ‘Aqua Lung.’ Just as individuals produced technologies to survive underwater, this futurist figure has been pressured to invent new technological know-how, Flora Lung to endure on land,” Pochurek wrote about the work.
Slone’s do the job, “A Costume Built from Waste,” is a gown produced from plastic shipping and delivery and storage products around a person thirty day period at the retail store wherever Slone worked. The skirt of the costume is made of plastic held with each other with grommets and sashes. By pulling the sash, the packing products slide from the dress, “littering the ground with plastic,” Slone wrote.
The winners in the older division were being Katherine Concannon of Middlebury, Vermont, for a sculpture called “What We Remaining Behind” Carolina Bragg of Brookline, Massachusetts, for a recorded piece of audio known as “If Bees Are Few” and Nicky Howard Rogers of Yarmouth for a dwelling display screen of ecosystems identified as “Microcosms.”
All of the artwork get the job done submitted for the awards can be viewed on the net at tidalshiftaward.com.