Anthropocene by Jose Snook

An important exhibition about today's greatest issue


Bailiffgate will re-open with another chance to see Anthropocene, international artist Jose Snook’s new stunning and thought-provoking photographic exhibition.

Climate change and plastic marine pollution have inspired Jose’s two-part exhibition which in” Mimesis” imagines insect camouflage in a rapidly changing world and in “Unnatural Selection” imagines the evolution of plastic-plankton hybrids.

Jose Snook lives and works in the Cheviots where she was brought up. With both a science and arts background Jose’s work currently focuses on nature and the human impact on our landscapes and the natural world. She has exhibited in Tyneside, London, Cumbria, South Yorkshire, the USA and Northumberland and her sound art has been installed in Cumbria and continues to tour Australia.

Jose explains how ‘in 2018, Northumberland had one of the hottest and driest summers on record. Local flora was severely impacted by this weather. Sycamore and Cherry trees suffered, their leaves withering on branches and falling by July. This motivated me to imagine how insects might respond to changes in the plants within their habitats, and how the insects might evolve to camouflage themselves in this changing environment.’

Regarding Unnatural Selection, Jose says ‘I have been concerned about plastic pollution for many years. In making “Unnatural Selection’ I wanted to look at how the invasion of plastic might impact the smallest organisms that inhabit the oceans and imagined a future when plankton and plastic combine into new life forms.’

Jane Mann, volunteer at Bailiffgate said ‘We’re really excited to welcome Jose back with her new exhibition. Her photographs are technically brilliant and her imagination is extraordinary. The images of the plastic plankton hybrids are beautifully chilling’

Anthropocene: adjective

Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment..

Anthropocene Lepidoptera sp
Anthropocene musca sp
Anthropocene Odonata 600
Anthopocene diatoms 400

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