The ocean controls the weather, the ocean controls the climate, and without a healthy ocean we do not have a healthy planet. All of the earth’s natural systems are entangled. An imbalance in one system does not occur in isolation. In the last 30 years we have lost 50% of the world’s corals. They are a foundation species, supporting millions of other species that depend on them for food and habitation. A coral is an animal that consists of thousands of small structures called polyps. Inside the tissue of the coral there are millions of microalgae that photosynthesises and creates food for the coral during the day. Underneath these structures is the coral’s skeleton. As a coral grows, it grows over its skeleton. Mass bleaching of coral reefs have escalated and can be described as a stress response caused by the rising ocean temperature. During beaching the microalgae in the coral dies and leaves their flesh clear in colour. This exposes the white skeleton underneath. Without their most important food source the coral starts to starve. A clean white colour suggests the coral is still alive but likely to die in the near future if the conditions that caused the bleaching persists.
Diminished reef II is the largest sculpture of this series and is made of cast reactive and recycled Bullseye glass, combined with sand and silver foil. I used glass for its transformational qualities. By introducing silver foil to the cast, the glass produced a volatile reaction during the firing process as can be seen when viewing the sculpture from underneath. The glass is flaked with dark spots and gradients of white and grey, reflecting a diminished reef. In my practice I explore commonalities between the human and nonhuman and included finger-like protrusions to convey this to the viewer. These sculptures are not meant to be beautiful, but aim to serve as a reminder of the stark and cold remnants we will be left with if we do not react to climate change with a sense of