I recently took part in an art-science collaboration project arranged through the international Pint of Science festival. The collaboration resulted in the pop-up group exhibition Creative Reactions: Liminal State which took place at the Trades Hall of Glasgow on May 18th. The other participating artists were Jessica Copping, Marta Fuster De Barutell, Victoria Evans, Michele Marcoux, Leontios Toumpouris, and Shirley Wilson. Each artist was paired up with a scientist and given a short time to react to their research. I worked with Dr. Thorsten Balke from the University of Glasgow, who kindly explained to me his research on mangroves and coastal environments.
In my reaction, I focused on the aspects of mangroves that are most tangible to me as a person living in Scotland: the aesthetic idea of these far-away forests and the products of the unsustainable shrimp and palm oil farms sold in British shops. This took the form of a table laid out with prawn hors d'oeuvres and a table cloth which I designed with a repeating mangrove motif. As a bonus my contribution gave exhibition goers a chance to rest their drink and have a snack.