This week’s #collectionwednesdays  is the thought-provoking carbon drawing, Twenty Twenty Vision: Australia, by Mike Singe

‘…the image of Australia’s Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) takes up only 5% of the total surface area of the drawing, matching Australia’s commitment of a 5% reduction on 2000 levels. Beyond a mere pastiche of climate change related processes these drawings question, through the use of national symbols, notions of national identity and its relationship to a countries commitment to a sustainable existence.’ – Mike Singe

Twenty Twenty Vision: Australia was created as a visual response to the commitment of individual nations to reduce carbon emissions. The drawing is made with the literal build-up of impure carbon (soot), from a candle which was then removed in accordance to Australia’s commitments for 2020. The work featured in the ‘half empty / half full’ exhibition at Turner Galleries in 2017.

Mike Singe was born in Perth and currently resides in Tasmania. He is a @curtinuniversity graduate who went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania. During this time, his interest grew into the shifting behaviour and cultural responses to the climate change debate, an issue which continues to inform his practice today.

Twenty Twenty Vision: Australia, 2016, impure carbon (soot) on plywood, 48.7 x 48.7 cm.

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