Kariann Fuqua paintings
small drawing
Draw(n) Out
January 22 - February 15, 2013
Fine Arts Gallery
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Artist Statement

In the summer of 2010, the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history occurred in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deep Horizon oil drilling platform exploded, dumping approximately 200 million gallons of crude oil into the surrounding waters over the course of 87 days. The clean-up effort, which has partly been guided by misinformation and confusion, is still ongoing today. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created a daily trajectory map of the constantly emerging oil and its movement on the surface of the water, to aid in this effort.

Using this data, I am creating drawn mappings of the movement of the oil spill to visually recontextualize the evidence of the disaster. I am doing so in an effort to explore ideas of control and chaos and about the uncertain future implications of such a catastrophic event. I am investigating the ambiguity and duality of a man-made disaster that conjures images of the sublime, where both the beautiful and the horrific intersect. Through the layering of imagery and its constantly shifting location, I am engaging in a dialogue about the very nature of science, facts, and data, and the validity and usefulness of its findings.


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