Bubbles will be part of an exhibition about water: The Shape of Water, at the RIA Project room. Opening Sunday May 6th 2018, 2:00PM – 5:00PM



We are following its progress and posting the results on this page.


Petra Halkes, Dead Ducks acrylic and ink













Growing up in The Netherlands after the war, I looked forward to reading the Donald Duck comics every week. We didn’t have a lot of money, or a lot of anything else, so Oom Dagobert (Uncle Scrooge) was just a super absurd, mean and greedy duck to me.
Uncle Scrooge showed up in my mind the other day for no reason at all, and I decided to google him. Much to my surprise, I found out that the Mcduck was really a good duck, a mentor to generations of little Americans, teaching them the basics of wonderful capitalism.
See Youtube Scrooge McDuck and Money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEMsfpXib80 

Rene Price, Drink or Sink! Noah tossed man overboard with a water bottle as a lifesaver. Drink or Drown!

Lynn Hart Eulogy Eulogy for Penguin, Duck and Seal – killed by plastic six-pack rings

Sandra Hawkins This painting references new directions and strategies to navigate climate warming obstacles such as increasing water levels and temperature, identity and memory.

Pat Kenny 3Pat Kenny: Water Equals Life/ Tipping Point

Up to 90% of a human being’s body is water. Water is essential to life and I believe that we have the responsibility to care for and protect water. I have included the serious assertion that “water equals life” with an image borrowed from an animated series. The intentional justaposition of serious and playful, real and pretend is meant to emphasize this contrast.  The image source is the water tribe symbol from an animated series called Avatar, The Last Airbender. 

Whenever I think about water in the context of pollution or climate change, the phrase “tipping point” comes to mind. It is a phrase often used by scientists to describe that point we do not want to cross. In my fridge I use a recycled whisky bottle to keep my water cold. The image is water being poured from this bottle. The image is a playful expression of the words “tipping point” that we hear often in more serious contexts. 

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My bubble shows diatoms under a microscope.

Diatoms are microscopic, unicellular algae found abundantly in both freshwater and marine ecosystems. They play a more important role in fighting global warming than most plants on land as they account for 20% to 25% of all the photosynthesis on Earth. They are also a major food source for many microorganisms, hence are essential components of aquatic food chains.