Binkley part of Diving In Art Project
I am participating in Diving In BC’s “The Art of Cleaning Lakes and Oceans” project, along with ten other artists from North Vancouver to Pemberton, BC, Canada. Here is the Squamish Chief newspaper’s informative online article announcing the event.
I’ve been presented with three bags of trash that have been recovered from Howe Sound and local lakes. I am tasked with creating an artwork from the aluminum cans, goggles, glasses, paddles and gold balls in the bags. I’ve invited my niece, Olivia Richardson to join in the creation, as she is a Kwantlen Polytechnic University alumni whose grad exhibit dealt with trash. I’m not sure yet what will emerge, but it has to be a wall mounted artwork. It will join the other ten artworks in a traveling exhibition in the Sea to Sky corridor, and not every venue will have floor space for sculpture.
I have also been invited to incorporate a young audience of elementary school students in my project, and I think this is important to educate youth to the plight of the planet we call home. There are still many if us who think nothing of throwing unwanted items on the ground or into the water and believe because they can no longer see it, it must have just magically disappeared. This project proves it does not. A better attitude of responsible custodianship needs to be adopted by everyone, including our youth.
If you want to come by the studio to see our progress, you are most welcome to! From now until mid January, I’ll be open by appointment and back to regular hours Jan 18, 2022.