Wildlife and Oil: In the Air,” Maria Whiteman, Antennea: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Vol. 36 June 2016). http://www.antennae.org.uk/home/4587620582
(All Images in this series are Printed on Metallic Film, Size 24"x32" and Video Installation).
“Wildlife and Oil: In the Air” I bring together Art and Philosophy by combining still images with Luce Irigaray’s text “The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger” and “Elemental Passions.” This work engages in questions around how we co-exist with other sentient beings in this world of climate change caused by global warming and other systems human beings have created. I’m not interested in speaking about sustainability but rather about how oil and wildlife are interwoven into a system that coexists in the environments we live in.
“Come. Or? It is true, I was forgetting. Come anyway. Do not be afraid. I hold you - open. And my hands never close on you. I am not taking you. You can still go. I am calling you back to your outlines. To the ones I give. Give you back. Those that I can perceive from the place where I love you.” (Irigaray)
“There is nothing to create a wall. Leaves, and trees, and birds and sky, and grass, all cross and brush each other continuously: a supple and mobile dwelling.”
"The elementality of physis—air, water, earth, fire—is always already reduced to nothingness in and by his own element: his language." (Irigaray)
“When I look at you, there is no void. But neither is there opacity, nor density. Everything is touching, without being fixed-frozen in one cohesion.”
“Air never appears. It gives itself and is received without demonstration. It is in this (way) that it can become a sign. Is it always available to be made into asign? A sign of presence in and through absence. (Irigaray)
“But it is forgotten that inasmuch as it is of air the sky still belongs or co-belongs to the earth. That the sky consists neither in nor of nothing and insists neither in nor of nothing… (Irigaray)
“I opened my eyes and saw the cloud. And saw that nothing was perceptible unless I was held at a distance from it by an almost palpable density. And that I saw it and did not see it. Seeing it all the better for remembering the density of air remaining in between.”