The Spill Smiths is a two-part awareness project created in response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Part one is an art, jewelry, and video installation project that will be held at Mr. Beast Gallery in Savannah, Georgia, November 4 – 9, 2010. The designs are complete, 1500 brooches have been cut, and now they are being assembled and constructed
Part two is an online interactive education platform, which includes the information about the spill, documentation of the Savannah project, and an online retail store where visitors can buy jewelry to support clean-up efforts. Funds raised are dedicated to charitable organizations operating in the Gulf to mitigate the damage inflicted by the spill.
The Spill Smiths are: Bongsang Cho, Gabriel Craig, Jillian Daleiden, Ryan Holandes, Seonyong Lee, and
Hsiang-Ting Yen with the volunteer assistance of the Metals and Jewelry Student Association at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Here is a peek inside this project as it is developing.
ENVISIONING & RENDERING THE EXHIBITION
EXPLORING THE MATERIAL & PROCESS
Quoting The Spill Smiths website:
WORKING WITH OIL = NASTY
“This petroleum-based material is aesthetically challenging. The fluid movement is enticing, but it is a tactile nightmare. To touch it is to recognize on a visceral, animal level, how lethal the oil must be as it relentlessly smothers every wrinkle of your skin. The stickiness is astonishing, quite genuinely terrifying. Which is why we use gloves to tease out the properties of this material. Here are some images from our early curiosities:”
INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS FOR THE INSTALLATION