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Mike Singe

Mike Singe originally from Western Australia, moved to Tasmania to complete his Masters of Fine Art at the University of Tasmania in 2011 and has remained here ever since.  Mike has an extensive list of awards and commissions for his artwork and has been successfully exhibiting in solo and group shows both in Tasmania and instate.

“Despite my interest in the subject of climate change do not mistake me for an environmentally responsible artist. My current art practice is informed by the evolving culture and language that has developed around this environmental issue rather than the legitimate science. I am particularly fascinated by the DIY eco inventions and the associated covert environmental actions taking place behind closed doors.  Seemingly endless websites and youtube videos feature backyard warriors espousing their low cost but often inefficient, labour intensive climate change solutions. While these dubious activities may not provide practical environmental solutions, they offer their creators a flawed outlet for relieving the guilt of their ongoing global warming complicity.

My recent return to the practice of drawing represents a flawed attempt to atone for the negative environmental impact of my art practice. These dubious carbon capture and storage drawings are made by applying candle soot onto plywood; capturing the carbon that would otherwise combine with oxygen in the combustion process to form carbon dioxide. The drawings depict ideas around successfully and perhaps not so successful adaption to the inevitable future changes to our climate. An ongoing interest in the carbon enrichment process of animal respiration, particularly human respiration, also informs these drawings.”     – Mike Singe, 2018

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Celebrating 400ppm represents a futile attempt to find a positive aspect to climate change. These works portray animals, predicted to benefit from a warming planet, engaging in carbon dioxide releasing acts of celebration.

Failure to Adapt is the most recent series of soot drawing. By perversely taking elements from the previous Celebrating 400ppm works and applying them to the human skull, notions of celebration are transformed into an autopsy of failed human adaption.