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The Tar Sands 101-
“Gigaproject” is the largest industrial project in human history and likely also the most destructive. The tar sands mining procedure releases at least three times the CO2 emissions as regular oil production and is slated to become the single largest industrial contributor in North America to Climate Change.
The tar sands are already slated to be the cause of up to the second fastest rate of deforestation on the planet behind the Amazon Rainforest Basin. Currently approved projects will see 3 million barrels of tar sands mock crude produced daily by 2018; for each barrel of oil up to as high as five barrels of water are used.
Human health in many communities has seriously taken a turn for the worse with many causes alleged to be from tar sands production. Tar sands production has led to many serious social issues throughout Alberta, from housing crises to the vast expansion of temporary foreign worker programs that racialize and exploit so-called non-citizens.
“Bitumen is Complicated”
This work seeks to reflect and expose the immense impact of the Tar Sands in Alberta Canada, on the entire natural world and its inhabitants. My methodology is not bound by materials and fruitates as different forms of processes, creating the connection to the complexity of oil production. In paintings, I use bitumen (tar) as paint and an automobile hubcap as the brush to apply the tar. This is one of the many metaphors, that references oils expansive reach into all daily existence worldwide and economy. My using tar as the paint was a yearlong pursuit in research and testing, to create a recipe that is nontoxic and would dry. This process allowed my reflection, communicating to me how vastly complicated issues that surround the Tar Sands are, and how many sub-subjects intersect. For me, this works importance hinges on stimulating public dialog about oil and water in the call for creative solutions.