Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park/'The Anthropocene' (Sally Buchanan)
The Anthropocene Installation Tapestries
As exhibited at The AAF Battersea 9th-
The Anthropocene Age is the theoretical time when man's activities began to have a significant impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems. It is not yet officially recognised as a geological epoch, although proponents say it probably began as a distinct part of the Holocene in the mid 20th Century, The Holocene started immediately after the last ice age, about 11,800 years ago. In the grand scheme of things this is a very short time as compared to the age of the earth which is thought to be about 4.54 billion years old.
This Installation echoes the relatively short term yet dramatic influence. It is represented as a series of detailed embroidered maps, in themselves, they are relatively fragile and would not stand the test of geological time. The installation subverts different map conventions, questioning how we perceive and manipulate our planet.The small maps were originally developed in 2015 and began life as the Unfixed World project ; they are like cartoons, serving to document the artist’s numerous interpretations of both serious and satirical geo-political and environmental themes. The 80cm diameter central world map, the focal piece, is the Polar Azimuthal Equidistant Projection, which is used for calculating flight paths and for seismic and radio work. It’s also the basis of the logo for the United Nations Flag and most ironically of all, it’s the contemporary “Flat Earth Society Map!” This “as if a flat earth” is suspended precariously like a pendulum or a clock above the void and is surrounded by a mirror which cannot fail to reflect the self of the viewer. The spot light above is the North Star which is the focus of rotation of our night sky.
If you are at a loose end this weekend - do pop in to Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park and come and see my platform project there- its entitled 'The Anthropocene' - a stand at the back of the fair with 21 floating earth embroideries hovering around a large central installation.
Actually there is a lot more to see - about 1000 other artist’s work!
Its open , and 10th , . I will be there, (most of the time ! )
You can buy tickets in advance on line or on the door.