October 2, 2023


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Announcing The Tidal Shift Award Winners

The 6 recipients of the initially Tidal Shift Award presented primary and considered-provoking artworks that engage with our weather disaster and encourage motion. By means of illustration, metalsmithing, sculpture, audio, aquaculture, and vogue, these artists proved that the long term is in good arms, but the time to act is now.

&#147Art is, for me, one particular of the most impactful means to distribute a message, particularly manner.&#148

— Hannah Slone

Hannah Slone’s “A Gown Produced From Squander”

Hannah Slone’s “A Costume Designed From Squander”

This gown was made working with plastic transport/storage elements. I gathered them above a month’s interval of time from the shipments the retail store I labored in experienced been given. I produced this costume in buy to raise recognition of how a lot squander we produce and the amounts of plastic air pollution we make. I interlaced the plastic collectively utilizing grommets and sashes. The sashes are compromised of white lifeless-inventory cloth that I obviously dyed yellow with turmeric. I intended for the dress to be in a position to fall aside with 1 pull of a sash, littering the floor with plastic.

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Flora Lung explores the local weather improve threats of deforestation and desertification, and the crucial job of the unique to safeguard our natural environment. My sculpture is encouraged by early diving equipment, “Aqua Lung”. Just as human beings developed technological innovation to survive underwater, this futurist determine has been forced to invent new technological innovation, Flora Lung to survive on land.

The solitary figure sits atop a lone pine tree stump among a vast expanse of dry land, devoid of vegetation. The determine uses oxygen from completely developed air vegetation to survive. I selected air plants due to their resistance to harsh circumstances and their want for nominal h2o. The figure’s posture and grip present that it is intent on guarding and nurturing several tiny sprouts in order to replenish Flora Lung.

&#147I required to deliver recognition largely to the result that weather 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 attention to the effects of local climate change on coral reefs, and the significance of schooling on the subject. The concept of this piece is that if drastic action is not taken immediately, most coral reefs will die off and healthier, colourful corals will only be identified in books and photos. The e-book also signifies schooling, since folks are most possible to acquire motion towards climate adjust if they are educated on the matter. The remaining concept that my piece provides to the table is the domino effect that the fatalities of coral reefs will have on countless species and ecosystems. As represented by the fish swimming in only the healthier corals, if the reefs die off so will above 25% of all maritime everyday living as there will be a deficiency of foods and nutrition.

Nicky Howard Rogers’ “Microcosms”

Microcosms is produced up of a collection of minimal worlds, or ecosystems, just about every of which are carefully intended to replicate specific environmental outcomes of the latest weather crisis within just Maine. As a person who has lived in Maine their overall life I have observed the results of global warming to start with hand. No matter if it be in the form of droughts my spouse and children has skilled even though farming, significant algae blooms that get rid of freshwater ecosystems, or diminished sea everyday living induced by the acidification of oceans throughout Maine.

Carolina Bragg’s “If Bees Are Handful of”

A. R. Ammons is my preferred environmental poet. His published snapshots of the all-natural environment are forthright about the peril character is in, but also about its opportunity for regrowth. This composition for SSA choir is established to two of his performs about a single bee. In just one of these poems, “Release,” the bee travels homeward. In the other, “Oblivion’s Bloom,” the bee fulfills its death upon the arrival of the 1st chilly. Ammons’ composing resonates these days, as carbon emissions, reduction of habitat, and the pesticide sector lead to the unprecedented destruction of honey bee colonies. I chose to reorder the poems so that Oblivion’s Bloom arrives initially, after which the bee, potentially consultant of the full species, finds his way residence. Melodically and thematically, this piece explores the idea of house: the bee’s dwelling, and the property he shares with us.

&#147The job of artists, for me, [is] to disrupt the classic patterns of contemplating.&#148

— Katherine Concannon

Katherine Concannon’s “What We Remaining Powering”

I attended a 2019 Local weather Walk that travelled Vermont to convey awareness to environmental justice. I observed the litter that we encountered whilst traversing highway shoulders. Plastic baggage fluttered like prayer flags together with mosaics of beer cans embedded in the dirt. However, lifetime also flourished in this strip of borderlands in between know-how and wilderness. Produced from tree address, seedlings attained for the sunshine, and 1000’s of salamanders dashed the asphalt to breed in downhill vernal pools.



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


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