Title: "1 Less Barrel of Oil, 1 More Sea Otter"
Size: 10"x10" with 2" cradle
Medium: Photo transfer of original (drawing and silkscreen) on birch wood
This piece was apart of an exhibition depicting Species At Risk within Canada and intended to create conversation about conservation. Sea otters are currently listed as Endangered. While one of their original threats was severe over-hunting for their pelts in the early 1900's, now industry development, water traffic, oil spills, and climate change are their greatest threats. Otters have the densest hair of any mammal and also the only marine mammal that does not have blubber. They depend solely on their thick clean hair to keep them warm and alive in the cold ocean; they spend more time grooming then eating. If an otters coat is compromised, for example from an oil spill, there is no way of recovering. The warming waters, due to climate change, are causing the acidification of the ocean and making ecosystems inhabitable. An incredible thing about the sea otters, no help from us, is they are actually on the front lines of fighting climate change. They are the protectors of the under water kelp forests; forests that are some the most efficient carbon-dioxide absorbers. By preying on sea urchins, a marine animal that eats kelp, otters allow the kelp to safely stay anchored and continue sequestering carbon-dioxide from our troubled atmosphere.
As individuals we have a role in causing climate change, and we also have a role is creating change and protecting the planet.
This print is a photo-transfer, done by hand, of the original piece. The original stands almost 4 feet by 4 feet, with the otters drawn with pencil directly onto the birch wood and the kelp and geometry silkscreened in afterwards. The piece depicts two sea otters safely intertwined together with a blanket of kelp.
This piece is mounted on a 2" cradle (please see image of the back of the piece) which allows for easy hanging or free standing display. The piece is also finished with a UV protective varnish which will keep the colors perfect and also allow easy cleaning of the piece if needed.
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