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Oil/Water Exchange Portfolio, Art & Design Study Collection
This print is part of a portfolio of artworks addressing the use or misuse of our natural resources. Whether dealing with issues of flooding and diversion in the Red River Valley or oil development and fracking on the Bakken Oil Formation, printmaking students and faculty from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Manitoba, the University of North Dakota and Valley City State University tackle challenging issues through the fascinating medium of printmaking.
Stored: 234 Print Box G, S7B
UND Art Collections Repository
Upon hearing the topic of this print exchange, Oil and Water, amy mind immediately gravitated towards the devastating effects that oil can have on amimal populations. I have an obsession with cuteness, and adorable animals, so disasters like the well 2010 BP oil spill immediately draw my attention. After looking into the effects that these disasters have on the local wildlife I focused my research on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the long lasting and catastrophic effects that it had on the local sea otter population. This oil spill occurred on March 24, 1989 in Prince William Sound, Alaska, and the spill was estimated to have killed over 2,800 sea otters, and devastated the remaining population. My print, SAFE, is about one otter struggling to survive in his newly murky and oily home. He is safe only because of the large and overpowering deep sea diving suit that separates him from the pitch black oily water.