Artist Statement Sarah King…Glass Gallery… http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cradlemountain.html
Plant and insect species of the Tasmanian rainforest is a dominant theme in my work. This is my passion. My work is about loss of landscape and Gondwanaland fauna and flora. The beautiful rainforest has highlighted its perilously fragile future. I am concerned about the loss of indigenous species and biodiversity due to human intervention and the onslaught of forest industries.
All small invertebrates such as mayflies and butterflies of the Gondwanaland rainforest have survived here, for more than 65,000,000 years. I believe the past event, over the last 200 years, is the climax of global warming due to our lifestyles and land uses. It will change the futures of mayflies and humans as we have both become fragile and are threatened by extinction due to our political and industrial hold over the land. The plantations that are now growing here were planted specifically for pulp to send to the Japanese for the production of their newspapers. How global carbon friendly is that?
Science research states that the 'Old Growth Forests' hold the most Carbon so we should stop destroying them and even replant the trees that take 2,000 years to grow and try to replace them for future generations to enjoy as we have. Tasmania is really 'heaven on earth' and without the forests in there natural state we will loose part of the home we call earth that keeps us dreaming and continually amazes us with its secrets.
My work is symbolic of our time on earth, I am merely an observer. I wonder about the survival of my grandchildren and the beautiful creatures that have lived here for eons of years. My work includes documentations in photography, drawings, paintings, digital movies, and sound. I work with metals, clay, plaster, oil and acrylic paint. I use silk screen techniques for printing onto glass, fusing the paint on permanently. I hope to see my work in public places, homes and working with architects for city art work.