This fortnight, Lightbox is pleased to present the work of Aleksandra Glumac and the writing of Amber Clausner. Both running until August 27th, Amber writes in response to "The Beasts", creating a dialogue between image and text.
Artist Aleksandra Glumac explains:
""The Beasts" are a series of camera-less photographs I created with plastics I found on beaches of Wellington and around New Zealand. I created these photograms in a dark room at The Learning Connexion of Creativity and Art, where I am a student. Photograms are made by placing an object in contact with a photosensitive surface in the dark, and then exposing both to light. Where the object blocks the light, either partially or fully, its shadow is recorded on the paper. Plastic bags are beasts in the ocean, which harm marine and land environments in catastrophic ways. I created "The Beasts" series to call attention to the environmental impact of plastic bags and disposable plastic and to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis."
In response to "The Beasts", artist and writer Amber Clausner writes:
A BOTTLE IN A BAG,
POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET) AND POLYETHYLENE (HDPE), RESPECTIVELY
(ONE HOLDS WATER FROM A FAR AWAY PLACE,
THE OTHER HOLDS THE BOTTLE THAT PROVIDES THE WATER TIGHT SPACE)
THEY ARE PURCHASED, USED BRIEFLY, THEN LEFT ON THE LAND,
IN A PARK, ON A HILL, AT THE BEACH, IN THE SAND.
THEY SEARCH FOR THEIR OWNER,
LOOK FAR AND LOOK WIDE.
HDPE FLOATS ON WINDS, CHASING BIRDS THAT CAN FLY
PET FOLLOWS STREAMS, WATCHING FISH SLOWLY DIE.
THEY MEET ON A RIVER BANK, ALL GRIMY AND SLIMY
CLING ON TO EACH OTHER, DIRTY WATER PASSES BY
HERE THEY REST (ROTTING FOSSILS SIGNAL DECAY)
AND HERE THEY STAY (UNTIL A LOCAL INITIATIVE TAKES THEM AWAY)
(AMBER CLAUSNER IS A MULTI MEDIA ARTIST FROM THE UK, CURRENTLY LIVING AND WORKING IN TE WHANGANUI-A-TARA, AOTEAROA. SHE IS AN AVID BELIEVER IN THE POWERFUL LINGUISTIC EFFECT OF CAPS LOCK IN THE ABSENCE OF THE AUDIBLE VOICE.)