Tidelines: Creative Vision, Ecology and the Tropics

Robyn Glade-Wright


On a sunny, calm day in the tropics, waves wash ashore plastic bottles, discarded thongs and sparkling red shards from broken car taillights, littering the tideline. The appeal of the tropics, imagined as a pristine verdant paradise replete with exotic plants and enigmatic animals, belies the impact of human activity on the region. Works of art, however, can reveal this ecological change, offering new ways of comprehending our place in the tropics. The capacity of artists to address these changes in a way that generates reflective understanding is examined in this paper. Both the author’s works of art and those of other artists in the tropical region are analyzed in terms of their aesthetic properties. These findings may assist artists who endeavor to present new ways of imaging change in the ecology of the tropics.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25120/etropic.15.1.2016.3355


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