Pacific Series: Environmental Assemblages
Known for her environmental stewardship and fine art background, Laura Lynch's mixed media constructions, Pacific Series 1996-2008: Environmental Assemblages, addresses her passion for the state of the oceans and threat to the global environment.
Combining washed-up marine salvage and found objects--organic and non-organic such as sand, tar and feathers--scavenged along the ocean beaches, Lynch creates digital photo montages that are transferred onto colorful beached shipboards, often times with a sense of humor and ironic playfulness. Lynch paints directly onto many of her found boat pieces, collaging images and juxtaposing colors, shapes and textures for the eye to play on. These environmental assemblages are not only painterly but also substantive in their historical context and present-day imagery, transforming the whole into something greater.
Red Skerrie Saver #2 is a construction of found boat parts and warning signs, inspired from a family trip to Ireland in 1996. There, I discovered that my family name "Lynch," means "descendant of Loingseach," meaning "mariner," from "long" meaning "ship or mariner." I also discovered the "red skerrie savers"--little red housings that hold lifesavers to throw out into the sea to swimmers in trouble--in a sweet little coastal town called Skerries, Ireland, along the Irish Sea. An Irish family living by the sea forbids their children to play near the water because it is so heavily polluted with nuclear radioactive waste discharged daily by the British nuclear reprocessing plants.
The red skerrie is a reoccurring image in my Pacific Series. It is both a symbol of hope (salvation) for a future that is bright and beautiful for ongoing generations as well as a warning sign and reminder of how the entire human species might very well need to be saved one day from drowning in a sea of ignorance and greed.
Parrot Fish: Species Adaptation, Channel Islands Habitat, 2005, © Laura Lynch | Site-Specific Mixed Media Installation: Ventura Museum of Art | Found boat pieces, fiberglass, digital photo montage, transparencies mounted on surfboard shell and found seabird habitat signage, bullet casings & shells, tar & feathers, sail cloth, buoys, signage, mounted on boat decking base | 96x75x26 inches | Photo: John Widmer
This piece incorporates photographs of my trips to the Channel Islands, found objects gathered along the beaches (including a section of the old dock from Santa Cruz Island's Prisoner's Harbor), bullet casings from Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands, and photos of signage from Anacapa Island's "Sea Bird Habitat" digitally montaged and appropriated to include parrot fish images. This installation seeks to address the threat to air and water quality that plagues not just the islands' habitats, but the mainland's as well. The constant pollution on the islands is created by the oil industry's leaking tanks and emissions from their on and offshore processing plants, the cargo industry's diesel-burning ships and sewage-dumping vessels, as well as the islands' location being on the edge of the Pacific Missile Test Range.
Pacific Oil (triptych) 2001, © Laura Lynch | Found boat pieces, collage laser prints, tar, found image, mounted on oil-drenched boat piece | 60x110x6 inches. Photo: John Widmer
STOP! 2001, © Laura Lynch | Found stop sign with chains, tar from beach,boat sheathing, sand, laser prints of oil rigs, framed with boat pieces | 33x36x3.5 inches | Photo: John Widmer
If you're interested in learning more about Laura Lynch, you can order her most recent book Pacific Series: Environmental Assemblages as well as view her body of environmental art.
Her work is also available for site-specific commissions and exhibitions. To contact her with proposals, please e-mail Laura Lynch.