Barbara Dover
Disquiet: Ecological Anxieties and Transformations
Works

Disquiet: Ecological Anxieties and Transformations

Mackay Artspace Mackay, Northsite Contemporary Arts Cairns, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts Townsville, Gatakers Artspace Maryborough 2020-2021

The touring exhibition of the combined works by two far north Queensland artists, Barbara Dover and Robyn Glade-Wright, Disquiet: Ecological Anxieties and Transformations, interrogates the ecological impacts of marine and coastal plastic pollution.
Research shows that discarded plastics now contaminate the diets of 90% of marine bird species, as well as turtles and seals. Plastic never disappears; it simply breaks up into microplastics, forming an underwater “smog” affecting everything from plankton to human aquaculture.
Images of tropical Queensland evoke pristine landscapes with stretches of golden sand edged by blue water. However, Glade-Wright and Dover challenge this idyll by bringing attention to that fact that coasts are now pervaded by pollution. The artists use actual discarded marine debris as their materials to produce objects impressive in their scale and assemblage.

Exhibition Catalogue

Decoy

Decoy
Found squid hooks from far north Queensland beaches, metal, glue
35 x 35 x 25 cm

Decoy (detail)

Decoy (detail)
Found squid hooks from far north Queensland beaches, metal, glue
35 x 35 x 25 cm

Deep light

Deep light
Found objects, squid hooks collected from far north Queensland beaches
190 x 60 X 60 cm

Deep light (detail)

Deep light (detail)
Found objects, squid hooks collected from far north Queensland beaches
190 x 60 X 60 cm

Ocean Mix

Ocean Mix
Found objects, Perspex, plastic ("underwater smog") collected from far north Queensland beaches
16 x 155 x 8 cm

Ocean Mix (detail)

Ocean Mix (detail)
Found objects, Perspex, plastic ("underwater smog") collected from far north Queensland beaches
16 x 155 x 8 cm

Plasticene hatchlings

Plasticene hatchlings
Plastic debris collected from far north Queensland beaches, nylon, tape
20 x 20 x 40 cm each

Plasticene hatchlings (detail)

Plasticene hatchlings (detail)
Plastic debris collected from far north Queensland beaches, nylon, tape
20 x 20 x 40 cm each

Plasticene hatchlings (detail)

Undercurrent (centre wall)
Video, found plastic floats collected from far north Queensland beaches
150 x 180 x 5 cm

Installation of glass domes (plinth centre-left) with found paper, squid hook, plastic tuna tags, found plastic rope, found marine charts and plastic debris collected from far north Queensland beaches.

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise
Found objects, plastic debris collected from far north Queensland beaches
60 x 30 x 30 cm

Images Michael Marzik and Epic Media

Disquiet - NorthSite Cairns 2020
Digital video