The Beneath the Surface – a Coral Reef installation is a collaborative exhibit with Christine Miller, a visual arts educator and life long textile artist and her husband Keith. Keith creates2D resin art that provides the backdrop and feeling of being under water in the exhibit. Christine has created 3D fiber sculptural works that represent the idea of corals forms. She uses many fiber techniques and processes such as crochet, felting, stitching, and weaving with wire and yarn. The exhibit will be on display at The Discovery Gallery at Texas Discovery Gardens located in Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX, 75315. The opening was on November 2, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Our natural world, though it seems vibrant and self-healing, relies on a delicate balance between natural forces and man’s impact. Cultures in the past have recognized the important relationship between man’s footprint in the natural world, and the bounty that nature gives back to man. In our modern times, many cultures have been disconnected from the natural world and it has led to societal behaviors that lead to polluting and the tipping of this delicate balance.
We have created an installation that displays the glory of the coral reef. This natural system is in crisis globally from pollution and the steady rise of the ocean’s temperature. The coral reefs are not surviving this rapid change, and as a result are “bleaching”, the process of death, across our planet. Now that this ecosystem is in danger, the motivation has shifted from a celebration of a unique ecosystem to education; using art to bring people’s awareness to the devastating effects of climate change. Our coral reefs are rapidly dying off and disappearing – will we be able to save them?
This page represents a few pictures and digital presentations (see the links above) of the 2D & 3D work dancing together. The artwork will be available for sale for the duration of the installation. Purchases can be made at the Discovery Gardens in person, or we can arrange sale of the work from interested parties that are out of town. For more information about the exhibit or to inquire about purchasing a work of Keith’s or Christine’s art, you can email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.