"WHALE TALE"WHALE TALE Orca, in Glacier Bay, Seward Alaska Carla DeDominicis
Media: Giclee on Archival Fine Art Paper Size: Price: $250
Statement: Orcas, like elephants, are known to be sentient beings, feeling, and responding to sensations and emotions. We encountered some 50 Orcas in Seward, Alaska’s Resurrection Bay—a “super pod” of inter-mingling groups of Orcas--that had come together to mate. This fellow seemed to be celebrating by vocalizing, breaching and tail splashing. Meanwhile, Bear Glacier in the background evidences an unrelenting melt. Orca’s live for 100 years, and they pass down their memories through offspring, resulting in generational memory. Recent boat ramming’s by Orcas have caused some scientists to question whether they Orcas know that we’ve massively degraded the state of their seas and are revolting against our behavior.
Show Dates: August 5th, 2023 - September 2nd, 2023
Opening Reception: August 12th, 20234:00pm-7:00pm
Escondido's Arts Event, 2ndSaturday: August 12th, 20230pen until 8:00pm
Director's Statement: OUR FRAGILE EARTH Man has done quite a number on our pale blue dot. So much of our earthly paradise has been lost forever. Most folks credit the industrial revolution as the beginning; the invention of machines, combustible engines and plastics. Their subsequent impact has quite literally warmed the Earth and changed our environment.
So, what does that mean on a personal level for artists? How do we communicate our compassionate relationship to our surroundings amongst the continuing and messy changes?
In this exhibition you will see myriad ways our photographers have expressed their concern. It begins with our sun. Stephen Davis has recorded the path of the sun with pinhole cameras over many weeks. Keiko Yamasaki spent time at Mono Lake, a lake with a rough history and only now is beginning to recover. Wayne Swanson’s work encompasses non-native Palm Trees and their battle with the Palm Weevil. Another tree that is having a rough time is the California Live Oak. Tom Vancisin documents the forlorn beauty of Oak trees weakened and left lifeless by drought and invasive bugs. Carla DeDominicis has photographed nature around the globe. Here she shows images of ocean-dependent creatures that are threatened by rising seas, loss of ice and diminishing numbers. In 2020, lightning started the Dome Fire in the East Mojave Preserve. Because all resources were sent to life-threatening fires in Northern California, this fire was allowed to burn. My photographs show this sad devastation. Seventy square miles were burned. 1.3 million healthy Joshua Trees were lost.
There is much more to see within this exhibition. I believe our folks have earnestly worked to create photographs that connect, and more than that, speak to Our Fragile Earth.