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The Forgotosphera

THE FORGOTOSPHERE is a selection of five A1, in situ captured photographs 94 x 54 cm including a frame, additionally, a complementary sculpture to be presented below each photograph. The sculptures are presented as a cross-section, a vertical layer cut with embedded forgotten items. Materials used are sand, resin, wire, and forgotten objects found in the desert. This work is based on, and inspired by a day in the desert narrated as a story.

THE FORGOTOSPHERE”.

Before beginning this narrative, which I believe identifies as a fable, let me provide a brief preamble for contextual purposes. To convey my artistic view, it is imperative to recapitulate the importance and understanding of the structure of our planet, specifically the atmospheric layers.

The atmosphere is a gaseous envelope that surrounds the Earth, with a well-defined chemical composition near the surface. In addition to gases, the atmosphere contains solid and liquid particles in suspension. Most of the atmosphere consists of neutral atoms and molecules. Scientists have divided the atmosphere into five main layers: in ascending order, the troposphere, the stratosphere, the mesosphere, the thermosphere, and the exosphere.

 However, from my observation, it seems that a new layer is fast emerging, which I call the "Forgotosphere".

An experience of traveling through the dunes, holding your breath as the car aims to reach the peak, then a second of achievement before the thrilling fear sets in, hoping that the car is not going to flip.

After a few moments of fearful fun, we looked and found a place to camp and enjoy the magnificent views until dusk.

Truly unique the mystical feeling of the never-ending sandy desert. Embraces you with heaven's omnipotent peace and tranquillity. Indeed, it is so peaceful and captivating, it gives that mesmerising feeling of only being able to stop and stare.

The sense of being in the middle of nowhere and feeling so rooted to the planet, observing the dancing sand playing with the warm weather, sketching a new place with gentle finesse and refinement. It is Breathtaking!........and this is when my heart sank!

 

A short walk and immediately I was facing the unexpected. Rubbish, glass bottles, many of them broken into thousands of pieces, plastic, logs, you name it!

It was truly upsetting the paradox that makes you question yourself.

Are these people not aware that we are sharing the planet?

Do they know that like me many others do not appreciate their lack of respect?

Who are these selfish individuals who cannot take their rubbish home?

So, without hesitation, I felt compelled to capture, record, and frame these items hoping to raise awareness of the severity of the problems that we are inflicting in our homes.

The daunting reality is that there is simply too much waste and there is no room to make mistakes. Rubbish belongs to your household not to be left behind in the desert because of laziness or you forgot.

 

LET’S EAT is the first piece of the collection of A1 photographs. The photo is of a plastic spoon left behind. I took a photo of only this one that was showing on the surface of the sand. The majority were worn down and split into small particles of plastic scattered in a radius of 2 meters.

Can you imagine the animals using a plastic spoon to eat?

Or even worse what about if they eat the plastic?

Bizarre! They don’t belong there, and they shouldn’t be forgotten.

Take your rubbish.

 

RUBBISH. The photo is of a black rubbish sack left behind by the looks of degradation suggesting that it might have not been there for very long.

At least all the rubbish was kept in one place, congratulations, but why didn’t you finish the job and take it with you?

Can you imagine the garbage truck collecting from the middle of the desert?

Bizarre! They don’t belong there, and they shouldn’t be forgotten.

Take your rubbish.

THE LOGS. The photo is of fire logs found amongst a circle of broken glass; we picked up as many logs as we could. The bottles left behind were not only forgotten but shattered into a thousand pieces!

Wouldn’t it be a shame if you ended up in the hospital with a glass in your foot?

Wouldn’t it be sad to see an animal unable to get help?

 

We were able to reuse the leftover logs. However, the logs add an element out of context as they aren’t native to that habitat.

Bizarre! They don’t belong there, and they shouldn’t be forgotten.

Take your rubbish.

THE EMBERS The photo is of embers inside our travel BBQ and indeed correctly using the word ‘travel’ as it may go to the desert, but it returns home with you.

Embers as much as the logs, have a completely different composition to the sand. By introducing these new elements, the mystical quality of the sand is altered too.

Wouldn’t you be alarmed if the sand changed to ashes?

Bizarre! It doesn’t belong there, and it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Take your rubbish.

THE AUTOMOBILES.  This photo presents a metal piece that was sitting next to a long, broken part of a vehicle. One can only presume that the car might have been damaged during dune bashing and left behind.

We collected so much debris that our car was overflowing, but just a question.  

Wouldn’t you have noticed if your car lost a door?

Or even the bumper?

Really! you didn’t notice anything different, even now that you have ended up with an abstract car!

Bizarre! It doesn’t belong there, and it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Take your rubbish.

 

I hope you enjoy this exhibition as much as I enjoyed putting it together. From my artistic growth purpose, your feedback is important. I would like to hear how the elements of my work interacted with you as the viewer, your experience, your thoughts, sentiments, and feelings.  http//victoria@casillas.co.uk

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