September 16, 2011
Mary Edna Fraser’s ‘Iceberg’
Art and science are two separate entities, right? Traditionally, perhaps, although these two separate commodities are being uniquely combined at an exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, in an innovative new exhibition titled, “Our Expanding Oceans.”
The exhibition will include the work of the pioneering artist Mary Edna Fraser, who has had her work exhibited in museums and galleries in America and across the globe. The American artist’s exhibition explores the relationship between climate change and the planet, with an emphasis on the rising oceans and melting ice.
This unique exposition features more than 60 dyed silk cloths, infused with colour to depict satellite, aerial and conceptual perspectives of the environment.
These stunning cloths have been hand dyed by Mary Edna Fraser, using a combination of ancient and modern dying techniques, and highlight a stunning visual interpretation of the damage global warming is having upon our planet.
Working alongside Mary Edna Fraser is scientist Orrin Pilkey, director of the programme for the study of developed coastlines within the diversion of earth and ocean sciences at Duke University and author of “Living by the Rules of the Sea” and “The Beaches are Moving: The Drowning of America’s Shoreline.”
This is not the first time Mary Edna Fraser and Orrin Pilkey have collaborated, as the National Science Foundation and National Academy of Science have also featured a Fraser and Pilkey collaboration.
This distinctive retrospective that combines art and science and created by two of the most pioneering and celebrated individuals in the two different fields will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science until November 6, 2011.