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'Spill': artists take on oil spills, (London, Feb 2-12, 2012)

Della Rees and Alke Schmidt are interested in exploring contemporary social and environmental issues and debates through the subversive nature of art’s aesthetic dimension.  In the works created for Spill, the artists have focused on the disastrous impacts caused by oil spills.  Inspired by the contrast between the long-lasting nature of such events and the typically short-lived media attention, the artists map and document such ‘disappeared’ disasters using a very different aesthetic language from that used in news coverage. The result is a series of small-scale, intriguing and visually attractive pieces that draw the viewer in and invite reflection on very large-scale events.