Oil Spill

A digital illustration, produced with a particular focus on the misuse of water, and the effects of oil spills on wildlife. The work was commissioned by Artcore as part of ‘The Web Of Water’, an international art project presenting different attitudes and takes on water; its use and misuse; and critical importance on Earth.

The composition explores the explosion caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, which spilt 210 million gallons of oil during prime mating and nesting season for bird and marine species.

Oil Spill, digital print, 2014
Oil Spill, digital print, 2014

The digital illustration was created by layering drawings, photographs and ink blots, to explore the notion of oil coating bird’s feathers, thus making it impossible to fly, destroying their natural waterproofing and insulation.

This artwork has been exhibited at:

  • 2018: Our eARTh exhibition at Kunsthuis Gallery, North Yorkshire
  • 2014: The work toured to The Atrium Gallery, Nottingham, Carsington Water, Derbyshire, Sharpes Pottery Museum, Derbyshire, Artcore Gallery, Derby and Deda, Derby.