4 Feb 2021 to 21 Feb 2021 Once Only Event
Soon it would be too hot is the first line of JG Ballard’s novel The Drowned World. Written in 1962, it now reads like a premonition of our current climate crisis.
In Tracey Clement’s Soon it would be too hot, multiple versions of the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Tower, the Empire State Building, Petronas Towers and Big Ben melt over the course of the exhibition. As these five iconic towers succumb to relentless man-made heat they are a bold graphic reminder that climate change didn’t just happen – we made this crisis.
And if the upward thrusting towers in Soon it would be too hot represent the anthropocentric, arrogant and individualistic culture which led to the climate crisis, then beeswax, the material they are made from, symbolises an alternative: a matriarchal, nonhuman and collective social structure.
Soon it would be too hot seeks to keep anthropogenic climate change front and centre in the public consciousness, not to point the finger, but to spark action and kindle hope.
This solo exhibition is the outcome of the artist being awarded ‘The Established Artist Residency’ as part of The 65th Blake Prize (2018).
Once Only Event
4 Feb 2021 to 21 Feb 2021