Bernie Hennessy

Bernie Hennessy


I combine porcelain paperclay and Marino fleece to create objects which show the effects of global warming through the imagery of coral bleaching. Coral’s transparent skeletal structure exists in a symbiotic relationship with algae inhabitants, zooxanthellae, which not only provide food for the coral through photosynthesis, but also give it wonderful colour, while the coral provides protection for this vulnerable algae. Global warming causes coral to expel algae, thereby losing its food source and colour. My work uses an interplay of ceramic and felt to enact these stories of coral bleaching.


Course: contemporary applied art

Year: 2022

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