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©Sara Silks, Warming Effects #3

Warming Effects

Since childhood, I have been an explorer in the woods of the Ozarks. Recently, I have been walking in my current habitat, and taking photographs of my environment during our unusual weather we have had in the Midwest.

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©Sara Silks, Warming Effects #9

Extreme heat, extreme cold, fires, thunderstorms, flooding, wind, and ice storms have replaced the occasional tornado. I have strong feelings about our planet, and worry about the consequences that we are now seeing each season because of human actions, interactions, and inactions.

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©Sara Silks, Warming Effects #1

As a response, the images I am presenting each have at least one of my photographs of a weather event combined with thematic design features. The photographs themselves are of the earth elements: earth, air, fire, and water, in different forms. Many images start with a photograph that I took of the massive ice that developed suddenly in the area. It may be combined with a fire or storm cloud image from the same season, and then design elements that contain global references to rains and flooding are added in an attempt to resonate with place and culture.

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©Sara Silks, Warming Effects #14

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©Sara Silks, Warming Effects #7

The design features form unification in a camouflage of abstractions that use geometry and materiality to contain complex content. Using these tools of shape, form, and pattern, I am attempting as an artist to contain and control my feelings, perhaps unconsciously. I hope with these images to make reference to the impacts that our actions, interactions, and inactions have on our changing world.

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©Sara Silks, Warming Effects #2