Through a variety of mediums, the exhibiting artists aim to engage the viewer with the concept of debris by exploring notions of “remains” and being “left behind”, both materially and morally.
The human impact on the earth has created a physical issue of debris, in the form of unmanageable environmental destruction, leaving behind a magnitude of pollution in different forms.
But could our environmental debris be a symptom of a greater, moral devolution in society? We are left with the debris of our own thinking. We leave a legacy, both physically and conceptually, which will remain scattered long after we have left the earth.
Tanith de Bary
All the artists volunteer at Spike Island Gallery, and in this exhibition come together to show their own practices in a space they are used to volunteering in. The artists are familiar with the space, but by exhibiting in it are able to look at it from a different perspective and become immersed in its possibilities and constraints. All works have been made especially for the show, and harness a variety of media, interpretations and skills. Many of the artists have not exhibited before outside of educational establishments, and have collaborated here for the first time to show their work in a gallery setting.