This piece represents Common Brain Coral – Diploria strigosa
The 2019 “IPCC report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC” provides terrifying scientific evidence that the world’s coral reefs simply cannot survive an ocean temperature rise of even 1.5 degrees. Half of the Great Barrier Reef has already succumbed to the heat since 2016. Reefs provide habitat for phytoplankton, which supply 70% of the oxygen on the planet. A collapse of this fragile system is irreversible.
A seemingly small rise in ocean temperature is the first domino in this entire chain.
TIPPING POINT is an artistic climate change statement on the status of the world’s oceans and coral reefs, threatened by critically high temperatures and plastic pollution. I have used single-use plastics, repeated en masse, to create a looming, bleached-white skeletal reef, rife with heartbreaking symbolism.