Into the DeepStephen Maine
In her synecdochic paintings of the restless surfaces of rivers, lakes and seas, Fredericka Foster construes water in motion as all that is vital to the living world. Those surfaces—whether turbulent, languid, or something between—recede into pictorial space as the viewer’s eye moves from the bottom edge of the painting toward the top, exerting a dynamic counterpoint to the picture plane itself. But whatever the character of the waves, ripples and eddies that fill the frame, they are... + Read More
Carter Ratcliff - An Aqueous Cosmology: The Art of Fredericka FosterCarter RatcliffRhythms fill Fredericka Foster’s paintings of water. Or that is what I am tempted to say after a glance around a roomful of her paintings. Then, when I focus on a single canvas and look for its defining pattern, I see none—no equivalent to the strict regularities of a Minimalist grid or an Op Art design. In short, no rigidity. These are pictures of flow, of current and cross-current. Their rhythms are liquid, which is to say: the moment a rhythm begins, it reaches beyond itself. To see... + Read More
This movie shows the steps involved in bringing water to life on the canvas.
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Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstance.
With one-fifth of the world’s population relying on seasonal
Himalayan melting, the disappearance of the Third Pole is sending
Floods, droughts, wildfires, windstorms, water contamination and
illnesses plague the 1.3 billion people who live in the watersheds
directly supplied by glacial melt from the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH)
region. The waterways of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India,
Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan are endangered, and scientists are gaining a
bettter understanding of just how fast climate change is taking its
toll on the region.
As the Himalayan glaciers disappear, ten major Asian river
systems–the Amu Darya, Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Irrawaddy, Salween,
Mekong, Yangtse, Yellow, and Tarim–are threatened. Twenty percent of the
world’s population faces a future of catastrophe, according to a report
released by University
College, Chinadialogue, and King’s College of London in May 2010.
Extreme glacial melt, seismic activity and extreme weather events are
already affecting the region’s rivers, lakes, wetlands and coasts. The
devastation is a warning sign of what’s to come.
World Economic Forum Ranks Water Crises as Top Global Risk Brett Walton - Circle of Blue
More than nuclear weapons or a global disease pandemic, impairments
to water supplies and punishing cycles of flood, drought, and water
pollution are now viewed by heads of state, nonprofit leaders, and chief
executives as the most serious threat to business and society.
For the first... + Full Story