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Artist Statement:

Essentially the art work being produced this year consists of 3D mapped video film and sound installation. The work is an enquiry into the effect of pollution on ecology; the pollutant object itself, and the effects of these entities on the environment through time and space along with some references to existential and philosophical ideas. ‘Human beings are now going through this upgrade. The upgrade is called ecological awareness’ (Morton, T. 2015).

When thinking deeply and passionately about what is wrong in the world and the effect of human industrialisation and effects of waste and un-recyclable or toxic materials on the climate, it may feel like we are at the precipice of understanding. Are we living in an imagined world of hyper threading plastic voices? Humans tend to be more concerned with the phone upgrade let alone of the consequences. This material toxicity holds existential threats as well as consequences in our everyday life and well-being.

Bertie has a background in art, music, design and sound engineering. He is also developing a series of paintings and photographs of reflective interior spaces invoking a sense of memory and lost space. The Inner space series of pictures in oil paint, print and mixed media make a representation of calm meditative reflective spaces, once commissioned. Pictures of once inhabited rooms and inner spaces from photographs, memory, lost property, hidden meaning and tranquillity. This will form a new venture for the artist.

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