Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sequestration of CO2
(Exhibition - ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions)

Marie-Therese Wisniowski

Preamble
My artwork has appeared in a number of exhibitions which have been featured on this blog spot. For your convenience I have listed these posts below.

ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions (Marie-Therese Wisniowski - Curator's Talk)
Codes – Lost Voices (ArtCloth Installation) M-T. Wisniowski
Unleashed: The Rise of Australian Street Art (Art Exhibition) Various Artists
Merge and Flow (SDA Members Exhibition) M-T. Wisniowski
The Journey (Megalo Studio) M-T. Wisniowski
Another Brick (Post Graffiti ArtCloth Installation) M-T. Wisniowski
ArtCloth Swap & Exhibition
When Rainforests Ruled (Purple Noon Art & Sculpture Gallery) M-T. Wisniowski
When Rainforests Glowed (Eden Gardens Gallery) M-T. Wisniowski
My Southern Land (Galerie 't Haentje te Paart, Netherlands) M-T. Wisniowski
The Last Exhibition @ Galerie ’t Haentje the Paart
Mark Making on Urban Walls @ Palm House (Post Graffiti Art Work)
Fleeting - My ArtCloth Work Exhibited @ Art Systems Wickham Art Gallery
My Eleven Year Contribution to the '9 x 5' Exhibition at the Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre


Synopsis of Artwork: Sequestration of CO2
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a dense colorless gas. Its emission into the atmosphere via the burning of fossil fuels has become a major concern with respect to climate change. Consequently, around the world a new vision is taking root amongst the decision makers, namely, the need to balance opposing processes in order to ensure our ecosystem becomes a steady-state environment.

Carbon dioxide plays an essential part in two similar but opposite processes of considerable importance namely, photosynthesis and respiration.

All plants on the Earth contribute to photosynthesis and the subsequent output of both stored chemical energy in the form of biomass and the significant by-product oxygen (O2). Photosynthesis is a daytime activity since it requires light to make it happen. Photosynthesis reaches its maximum CO2 consumption in midmorning, which drops of progressively thereafter.

All plants on the Earth are involved in the respiration process; namely, they also use the stored energy and oxygen in metabolic activities associated with growth and reproduction. Respiration does not need light and so it is a day as well as a nighttime activity. However, nighttime plant respiration generally releases a maximum of CO2 into the atmosphere within a few hours of darkness, which drops progressively thereafter.

For an ecosystem to maintain itself the output of the photosynthesis must be at least equal to the respiratory demands of the system. The “Sequestration of CO2” explores the similar (but opposing in direction) diurnal patterns of photosynthesis and respiration in an Australian ecosystem setting.


Technique
MultiSperse Dye Sublimation technique (developed by Marie-Therese Wisniowski) using delustered satin. Dyptich: 60 cm (width) x 300 cm (length).

The MuliSperse Dye Sublimation technique will be tutored by Marie-Therese Wisniowski at the Surface Design Association post conference workshop in June 2011, Minneapolis USA.

(a) Sequestration at Redcliffe City Art Gallery (right artwork).
Photograph courtesy of Karen Tyler, Redcliffe City Art Gallery.
Photography by Al Sim.

(b) Sequestration at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery (right artwork, with left artwork being that of Annie Trevillian - see future post).
Photograph courtesy of Cedric Boudjema, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery.


(c) Photograph of diurnal patterns of photosynthesis (left artwork) and respiration (right artwork) in an Australian ecosystem (M-T Wisniowski).

(d) Detail photograph of diurnal pattern of photosynthesis (M-T Wisniowski).

(e) Detail photograph of diurnal pattern of respiration (M-T Wisniowski).

2 comments:

linda stokes said...

These are stunning - would so love to see this exhibition - pity it's not coming to WA. I have got the catalogue and will enjoy reading your posts.

Art Quill Studio said...

Hello Linda,
I'm so pleased that you enjoyed viewing my pieces.
As I mentioned, a new ArtCloth work from the exhibition will be uploaded on a weekly basis until the exhibition closes at Wangaratta Gallery in late January 2011.
Many more exquisite works to come ! !