Semine Hazar recently completed launching her first digital solo art show “Sea Watcher”, a registered UNWOD digital event that coincided with the United Nations World Oceans Day ahead of UN’s World Maritime Day on September 24, at the Pinelo Art Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey. The inspiration behind Semine’s art show “Sea Watcher” was her trip to the Antarctic in 2017, where she witnessed the melting of ice sheets first-hand as the ice crashed with a great sound into the sea. This affected her deeply.
Her solo digital art show “Sea Watcher” was an offshoot of taking part in the Atelier Teymur Rzayev First Digital Climate Change Art Show–which was a registered UNWOD digital event and was published by the world’s first climate change museum, The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong, in addition to over 25 other museums around the world.
Selva Ozelli curated the Atelier Teymur Rzayev First Digital Climate Change art show as well as Semine’s solo art show based on her series of articles on digital technology adoption, solar energy and tax policies in jurisdictions with the greatest carbon emissions. These articles have been published by the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong, in addition to more than 100 other publications around the world. In her article titled ‘Russia Leads Multinational Stablecoin Initiative‘, Selva points out that oceans cover 70% of our world and act as the largest carbon sink of our planet. Oceans host 80% of all life while providing half of the planet’s oxygen. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): “More than 90% of the warming that has happened on Earth over the past 50 years has occurred in the ocean.” Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were being dropped into them every second. This has contributed to the rise of sea levels from the melting of ice sheets in the Arctic, which is also warming faster than the rest of the world.
Crumbling coastal communities enveloped in raging wildfires, melting icebergs crashing into the sea with thunderous sound and homeless penguins are some of the most visible effects of melting glaciers and sea ice in the polar regions. Scientists are also learning about less obvious but still alarming results of this shift: according to a recent study in the journal Scientific Reports, melting ice has allowed pathways to open up in the Arctic for people and animals to use as routes to access previously inaccessible areas; this has led to the wider spread of wildlife disease and contaminants in the ecosystem. Diminished sea ice allows contaminants to travel between nations via ice, which can transport a wide variety of contaminants ranging from anthropogenic pollutants like oil, lead, mercury, and microplastics, to dust, sediments, aerosol deposits, algae, and even biological communities.
Semine’s late husband was a captain. Captains determine their sea routes based on the silent light signals from the lighthouses in the sea. With her sea and lighthouse themed paintings, Semine wants to draw attention to the importance of oceans to our world, our ecology and the need for us to guard them. She wants the silent signals from the lighthouses to be visible not only to the captains of our world, but to all of us.
You can take a look at more of Semine’s works on talenthouse. Here’s a glimpse of her digital art show hosted by Pinelo Art Gallery:
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