Still Life by Sally Madge 06 October – 31st January 2017
The work on show weaves various narratives around the plight of seabirds* and their endeavours to adjust to changes in the physical environment caused by human activity and the resulting devastating global processes. Humour and pathos as well as a touch of surrealism are combined in visual scenarios using a range of objects, materials and media, including preserved sea birds, plastic beach debris, children’s action figures and scale models as well as performance on film. Viewers are invited to develop the story lines implicit in the work.
* For example, seabirds face “a litany of threats: over-fishing, drowning in fishing lines and nets, plastic pollution, invasive species like rats in nesting areas, oil and gas development and toxic pollution moving up the food chain. And, as if these weren’t enough, climate change and ocean acidification threaten to flood nesting sites and disrupt food sources. … Conservationists have long known that many seabird populations are in decline, but [according to research] seabird abundance has dropped 69.7% in just 60 years, representing the deaths of some 230 million birds” (from Jeremy Hance, ‘After 60 million years of extreme living, seabirds are crashing’, The Guardian, 22nd September 2015).