Endangered Species Project: New York
Bringing awareness to our impact on our natural environment, Julia Galloway presents her first installment of a large project consisting of urns for near-extinct animals. Each plate depicts an endangered animal from the state of New York.
“In 2018 I was walking through the Minneapolis Airport half listening to a podcast about the Wandering Albatross. This bird’s population is dwindling on account of industrial line fishing; the Wandering Albatross is being decapitated at the rate of a bird every five minutes. Right there, in the Minneapolis Airport by gate C15, I was actually brought to my knees, stunned by this bycatch carnage. But what can I do about this? I am a potter and a teacher? Quit my job and head out for civil disobedience? Throw myself in the path of those industrial fishing factories? Not very effective or realistic. However, I am a potter and a teacher, and I can make something generally unseen, visible.
Making pottery is how I understand the world; I am making a covered jars, urns really, for endangered species. Urns are traditionally used to hold ashes from cremation so the size of these jars are determined by the resulting ash mass of each species. The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker would be a small urn; the California Bear vessel would stand almost three feet tall. I intend on displaying these all of these pots in a large grouping in one large gallery. The urns will be display empty, as the species are endangered, not extinct and in their emptiness lies hope.”
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