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Resilient Reefs

Shannon Clohessy


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    Glass and lacquer on timber with projected light

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Resilient Reefs is a triptych that unfolds a poignant narrative beneath the waves around the world. It stands as a testament to the splendour of our oceanic ecosystems while serving as a stark reminder of the urgent need to care for Country. The first piece unveils a vivid tableau of underwater life, where vibrant hues and intricate patterns dance amidst bustling marine creatures, depicted in meticulously crafted glass pieces. Here, coral colonies thrive in iridescent vitality. Transitioning to the central piece, the once-lively colours now fade into a sombre, ghostly pallor. The reef languishes, bearing the ominous signs of coral bleaching—an affliction intensified by increasing sea temperatures and ocean acidification. Though stark, there remains a glimmer of hope amidst the desolation, subtle pockets of resilience within the muted canvas, reminding us it's not too late. The final instalment offers a heart-wrenching conclusion to the narrative. Here, the reef lies barren and lifeless, a silent testament to irreparable loss. Amidst the skeletal remains of what once thrived, echoes of our vanishing heritage linger. This piece serves as both a reflection and a call to action. Through the interplay of wood, glass, and light, it poignantly illustrates the fragility and fortitude of our oceanic communities. It implores viewers to confront the pressing realities of climate change and human impact on our planet, while igniting a flame of hope for a future where our reefs may flourish anew. Within the depths of despair and devastation, the seeds of resilience endure. In the darkness, faint whispers beckon—a collective call to action and unwavering resolve, signaling that our reefs may yet rise again, resilient and renewed.

Revealed 2023 Artist Shannon Clohessy

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  • Lives & Works

    Undalup / Busselton

Shannon grew up between Perth and Busselton. After studying environmental science in Perth, she moved back down to Busselton, spending her time reconnecting to Country and assisting her family as a Wadandi custodian. She focuses her time working at the interface of cultural and contemporary environmental management. Drawing on her experiences growing up, and the connection she has always had to places along the coast, Shannon’s work is intrinsically linked to family, Country and the salt water.Shannon specialises in glass, acrylics, carved wood, clay and the weaving of natural fibres in her work on Country.

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