Mariners created superstitious beliefs during the Age of Exploration to understand the great unknown, to rationalize the terror they embodied when venturing over the horizon. While these quirky warning signs guided human fear in the sea during ancient times, the narratives can be used to navigate an unfamiliar and daunting oddity in the ocean today. Peculiarities such as plastic islands (The Pacific Garbage Patch) coalescing in the sea are contemporary unmapped occurrences presently generating fear. Conversations regarding plastic flotsam center around didactic statistics that are unimaginably forgettable and easily dismissible. I choose to speak of society’s material-driven world through storytelling, as this time honored tradition reconnects viewers to a visceral language created to forewarn generation after generation.
Kara Daving was born in Buffalo, NY, in 1982, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In May 2011 Daving graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an MFA in Visual Art and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University in 2004. Her recent work explores political narratives and abstraction through a sculpture and painting discourse. Daving playfully intersects the realm of fact and fiction, and draws from collective myth, sea folklore and current phenomena to tell the tale of contemporary consumerism. Daving’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, in New York City, Berlin, Toronto, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Honolulu, Atlanta and Buffalo.