Fiddling while Rome burns: Mosaics about climate change

Work by Julie Sperling

12 Nov 2015 - 06 Mar 2016, All Day

Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto


Julie Sperling


12 Nov 2015 - 06 Mar 2016
All Day
There will also be an artist talk on Saturday, November 14 @ 2pm


Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave.
Toronto,  M4W 3X8
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The mosaics in Julie Sperling’s “Fiddling while Rome burns” series each tackle a different trend or concept, from rising temperatures to changing precipitation trends to the difference between weather and climate.

The works showcase a diversity of materials, each one carefully chosen to convey a particular idea or message; pieces of coal are used to explore the harmful effects of black carbon, degraded seashells are front and centre in a mosaic about ocean acidification, and layers of graffiti paint speak to the complex dialogue surrounding climate change.

Mosaic is a powerful medium to communicate about climate change, not only because of its materiality, but also because of the parallels that exist between the art form and global climate change. Not only are both very slow, gradual processes, but each one also depends on the power of the collective. Individual pieces of stone and glass come together to create something bigger, and individual actions add up and make a difference in the fight against climate change.

In addition to this exhibition, there will be an artist talk “Climate in pieces: A mosaicist’s perspective on climate change” held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2pm.

Hosted by Evergreen Brick Works


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