Quin de la Mer

Newcastle , UK (previously in Indian Wells, California, US)

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The Spirit of Los Angeles

iPhone photography, digital collage,
direct to media print on dibond
36x42”, 2020/22

On September 6, 2020, I was enjoying the view of the San Gabriel mountains from a lookout point on Mulholland Drive. We were still in the depths of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this outdoor space was a refuge. As I watched, a tiny wisp of smoke appeared, spiraling its way skyward.

The fire spread quickly, becoming one of the largest fires on record in Los Angeles county, burning 115,796 acres and making several types of wildlife face extinction.

I photographed the fire as it raged. When I contacted local friends with words of sorrow, they were nonplussed saying things like, “We always have fires… it’s just Los Angeles… They won’t let it get to people or houses or businesses or stuff… good thing it’s Covid and we have masks”. Los Angelean' perception is so dedicated to consumer ideals, and anthropocentrism, it really weighed heavy on my heart. In response, I digitally collaged super models wearing designer clothing that emphasized mask-wearing during the pandemic over the images of the wildfire.

In support of Post Carbon Institute’s resilience course, I feel this artwork speaks to the need to shift from a consumer economy to a conserver economy. “The story of consumerism appealed to people’s love of novelty, and it fed on our deeply ingrained urge to display symbols of status. Advertising contains millions of images and messages, but all tell essentially the same story: human satisfaction derives from the ownership of certain objects.” “Consumerism replaced satisfying experiences of making, growing, repairing, and sharing with the momentary buzz of buying a new manufactured product. We need to reverse that bargain.” -postcarbon.org
2021
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Cyanotype making at the River Tyne

Cyanotype on paper

Thinking in systems brought me back to Corbridge and the River Tyne. The Cyanotype in progress is 30 feet long 4 feet wide. Rather than painting the entire paper with the UV light-sensitive coating, I chose to use frenetic actions that moved the liquid across the paper. Visually the result is very like the plant life around the river bank. Dogs and birds are proving to be big participants!
2022
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Tide Pools

cyanotype prints on paper and fabric,
January 2022

To prepare for this contribution to the @whatsnextforearth art call, I spent many hours walking in nature thinking about systems. The more I contemplated climate change and a way toward solutions to this global predicament, the easier it was to see the many life forms that exist because their systems are healthy. The answer seemed to fall into place with ease when I imagined our global climate as a system and climate change a systemic problem. Ideas took shape beginning with the @postcarboninstitute notion “reducing fossil fuel consumption while capturing and storing atmospheric carbon in regenerated topsoils” and grew into a systems approach for every environmental problem I could think of. I decided to go to Tynemouth beach and revisit the tide pools there. Tide pools feel like such perfect systems and my heart opens with joy when I am near them. I took paper and fabric coated with UV light-sensitive chemicals and placed them around the tide pools. From dawn till dusk with a snowfall at midday, they collaborated with the North Sea, winter’s light, and other-than-human neighbors to create a visual message in support of thinking in systems.
2022
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Earth Won Now Earth

White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, US

Belief systems change when our infrastructure changes. Not because we choose it willingly, it is in response to global shifts that require us to change the methods we use to survive as a species. We’ve seen the patriarchy through to its end. Earth responded to our war upon them. We live the consequences. Earth won. It’s time for us to replace sky god, king, and patriarchy with peace, love, and loyalty to Earth.

I LOVE YOU EARTH ❤️

From my point of view, we do it cold turkey … or … accept ourselves as intentional participants in collective self-murder and mass extinction of species. There’s no middle ground.
2021
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Structure

A moving image piece created for What’s Next for Earth’s Social Structure at call.
2021
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Cold, Sharp and Merciless

Cold Sharp & Merciless is a short film created for the art call, Pollution from Greenhouse Gases, @whatsnextforearth. Deeply upset by the impact of environmental pollutions supported by industrial consciousness, this work recognizes Climate Change as the most serious problem caused by human-produced greenhouse gases. Most important, Climate Change causes the extinction of our global ecosystem. That is to say … mass global extinction. With special thanks to Post Carbon Institute, Richard Heinberg, for making Think Resilience a free online course available to all! If interested, go to: education.resilience.org
2021
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Climate Change, Global Extinction

Digital art

2021
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Climate Change, Global Extinction

Digital art

Climate Change, Global Extinction is a text as a medium piece created for the art call, Pollution from Greenhouse Gases.
2021
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Unknowable Tomorrows

B&W photo taken with a Holga 120N, double exposure, caffenol processing, sea salt fix, 2021.

Breathing Holes, caged-contained-“protected” spaces. Breathing Holes, left relatively wild, not to prevent them from being depleted, but rather to make places for humans to safely enjoy nature’s bounty. These spaces, scattered here and there across this world… I call them Breathing Holes, and when I am within the boundaries, the more than human voices are alive and talkative. Together we look out beyond the edges that press in with their desire to consume, and we feel the massive human engine that never rests… A machine extracting, harvesting, devouring with an insatiable hunger.

…fighting to exist in Unknowable Tomorrows
2021
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Boneyard

digital art
6"×6”

Inspired by the Population and Consumption art call, I created a new piece for my Elsewhen series. There are too many of us consuming our host and home. Our way of life has become a self-generating machine without consciousness… are we a suicidal cultural collective?
2021
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Inside the Petal

phytogram filmmaking still
6"×6”

New work from the series Elsewhen inspired by the Energy art calls. This piece answers the call for work about Energy and a post-carbon world.
2021
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Memento Mori

Micro moving postcard, experimental film

Responding to the art call and with thoughts on ENERGY after watching Post Carbon Institute’s Think Resilience course.
2021
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Waking

Experimental film

A Moving Poem about Interconnection. Love is the way we find comfort in a world that is falling apart. Through love, we deeply connect with others and with the natural world. The shift from a narrative of domination and accumulation to a narrative of respect occurs through a world view that honors love above all else.

Location: California Colorado Desert Honorable Mention – Hollywood International Golden Age Festival 2020.
2021
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