Jessica Cadkin

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“Eqalussuaq”

Jessica Cadkin is strongly influenced by nature and is deeply disturbed by the effects of climate change on the natural world. Her installation, Eqalussuaq, is made up of a life-size Greenland shark, approximately twenty-three feet long. It is constructed using a recycled parachute and plastic bags sewn together like a patchwork quilt. Greenland sharks can live between 300 – 500 years; a plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. A key element to Cadkin’s sculpture is the idea that a plastic bag will outlive an ocean creature with one of the longest lifespans on earth. Another element to her installation is that it possesses a “life cycle.” A fan is set on a timer which fills the sculpture with air, lifting it up as though rising from the ocean. When the timer switches off, the piece gradually deflates and crumples to the floor. Her animated shark is fanciful and charming, but it also possesses a melancholy, haunting quality.

Jessica CadkinBridget CatchpoleWendy Davis Val GalvinAnna Gustafson
Barbara HellerEmily JanRachelle LeBlanc Susan Lenz  Leisa Rich
Bettina MatzkuhnAmy MeissnerJohanna NorryPaulina OritzJudith Selby Lang
Dimitra SkandaliKatherine Soucie Diana Weymar Dora WilsonAlejandra Zermeno
Vivienne Challandes