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LIZZIE BUCKMASTER DOVE
Solastalgia

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For the last six years Lizzie Buckmaster Dove has been working with notions around the moon and tides, inspired by regular walks along her local coastline.

For Solastalgia, she has assembled a body of work utilising found plastic objects - marine debris - that have been washed up onto her beaches by the tide.

 

 

By contextualising these finds within the structure used by marine scientists, inspired specifically by the wondrous illustrations of Ernst Haeckel and contemporary plates on microscopic sea life (foraminifera), she arranges them in tins and behind glass. As tins they are notated with data specific to the finds; the moon cycle name, location, lunation, time of moon rise and set, distance of the moon from earth, what the tides were doing. The plastic undergoes a kind of transmutation, becoming a 'relic' particular to this time and place.

Lizzie gained access to scientific plates on foraminifera - microscopic sea life that is local to her coast line and is carried along by the tides. Their tidal migration is mirrored by the marine debris she collects, forming a structure through which to view her finds.

 

 

The movement of marine debris is not particular to her local beaches. It is happening throughout all our oceans, carried in currents, pulled by tides shaped by the moon. On far flung, extremely remote coastlines such as in Alaska plastic is amassing, in middens.

Solastalgia is a term coined by the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003 to mean the loss or grief experienced when faced with environmental change.

 

LIZZIE BUCKMASTER DOVE
Life and its Marvels
The Natural Balance of Life

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Life and its Marvels
When Man Tilts Natures Balance

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Life and its Marvels
Inventions by Nature and Man

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Moon Cycle Full Moon (detail)

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Moon Cycle Last Quarter (detail)

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Moon Cycle New Moon (detail)

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Moon Cycle First Quarter (detail)

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Waning Crescent red and green

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Waning Crescent red and yellow

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Drift Rise Swell Tide