Paul Roorda's visual art "Falling Sky, Rising Sea" appears in Issue No. 60: At Sea.
FALLING SKY, RISING SEA
Falling Sky, Rising Sea is a collection of mixed media works that make reference to skies, icebergs and ocean horizons. Aging paper, photos and book covers are used to explore themes of memory and nostalgia but are also a warning about the future of our skies and seas. These works evoke the memory of clouds, the lapse of time visible in melting ice and the gradual rise in sea level. Fata morgana, the illusion of distorted horizons visible when warm air moves over cold seas, is an element in the double horizon seen in some of these works and is an apt metaphor for the climate crisis we are anxiously experiencing. This effect is a twisting of reality where inverted, stretched or floating images appear. Delusion and deterioration are not easily remedied and even the reflective light of gold leaf can’t mask the weight of truth in these sobering beautiful horizons.
PAUL ROORDA. The Book of Sea and Hope, 2016. Antique book cover, vintage paper, charcoal, graphite and gold leaf. 12 inches x 19 inches.
PAUL ROORDA. Ice Blink, 2015. End papers, gold leaf and chalk. 10.5 inches x 8 inches.
PAUL ROORDA. Ice Berg II, 2015. End papers and gold leaf. 8.5 inches x 6.5 inches.
PAUL ROORDA. Sky Watch II, 2014. Vintage photos, postcards, paper and watch parts. 24 inches x 16 inches.
Paul Roorda has exhibited extensively in Canada, the United States and Germany. His art examines climate change and nostalgia in a variety of media including slow moving kinetic sculptures, publicly installed musical microgalleries, abstract landscape paintings, cyanotype photography and a mail art project called Somewhere Anywhere Postcards. Paul Roorda looks for the poetry of a moment, the story of an object and the possibility of layered meanings in his art. www.paulroorda.com
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