The Hospital Club is pleased to announce Changing States of Water: a two-person exhibition featuring artworks from Pandora Mond and Emelie Salford on the theme of water, the impact of climate change on drought and supply, the threat to marine life and disassociation from nature in contemporary life, running in the Gallery from Thursday 6 – Tuesday 11 September.
A donation from the proceeds of sales from the exhibition will be donated to OCEANA, the global charity dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale, who recently opened offices in London. The charity (reg no. 1119722) will celebrate their London opening with a special event at the Gallery on Saturday 8 September at 7.00pm.
Curator Mary Ann Prior said, “This exhibition reflects the stark reality that, in the future, wars will be fought over water and huge resources will be needed to deal with its pollution, declining purity and predicted scarcity unless we act now. Our aim is to engage artworks to raise awareness of this challenging issue and to invite the viewer to consider ways in which individuals, corporations and governments can improve ocean health worldwide.”
Both artists create works of abstraction, whose origins are firmly rooted in the natural world. Salford makes photographs printed on metal or Perspex, which often incorporate hand-crafted interventions; Mond’s immersive paintings are produced using layers of thick impasto oil paint on canvas.
Pandora Mond said, "The sea has been a subject of enduring challenge and fascination for me. The threat and power, beauty and fragility, where it all began and now so compromised by the very life it supports. I try in my paintings to reveal the familiar and the alien of this most precious place."
Emelie Salford said, “In my work I reflect on water as the source of life: Every other breath that we take comes from the ocean. Abstract photographic layered works of paintings, latex and urban fragments rendered onto 100% recycled and recyclable Green Cast acrylic reflect on water scarcity, clean water, global warming, plastic pollution and contamination affecting the marine and fresh water eco systems. We’re in a position to preserve our ocean for future generations. It’s important to be part of the legacy of what we are leaving behind for the next generation, ‘the world of the future’. We need to rally together on behalf of our precious planet to keep it alive.”
Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director, Oceana in Europe, said,
“Overfishing, destructive fishing and pollution are taking the oceans to the brink of collapse. But it’s not too late to react. At Oceana we know that we can reverse this situation by following three steps: set scientific-based quotas for the fish we take out, protect vulnerable marine habitats by creating marine protected areas, and take up sustainable habits, such as eating local and seasonal fish and avoiding single-use plastics in your life. This will make a huge difference for ocean health.”