Friday, November 27, 2015

Heartbeat

I am very proud to be a part of the new Dalvero Academy exhibition Journey of Transformation that just opened at Mystic Seaport this past weekend. This exhibit is a follow up to our previous show at the Seaport a few years ago, and is focused around the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world, and it's new message of education and conservation. There is incredible and inspiring work by 29 artists, and I am honored to be one of them!

Part of my contribution to the show is an animation called "Heartbeat". This animated short follows the life of a baby whale whose mother is killed during the heyday of American whaling in the 19th century. It continues through our destructive relationship with whales over the decades, using the bodies of whales for everything from illuminants, to industrial lubricant, to food. As our perceptions of whales, and our relationship with them changes, a new song of empathy and compassion is formed to sail forward into a more hopeful future.

You can view the animation below:


I hope you will go and check out the show if you are in the area!

I was fortunate enough to be on the Morgan's 38th Voyage last summer (you can read about my experience here). The wonderful composer for this animation was a fellow 38th Voyager, Gary Wikfors. He composed and performed all the music for this piece using an octaveharpa, nyckelharpa, tenor mandola, octave mandola, mandocello, and mandolin. What an experience it was working with a real composer! I couldn't be more grateful for his dedication and beautiful work.

4 comments:

Veronica Lawlor said...

Evan, just stunning. So beautiful and so emotionally evocative. Congratulations! And to the musician, Gary Wikfors, as well. Wonderful work.

Evan Turk said...

Thank you, Ronnie. I appreciate it!

Sonya Bennett said...

I have been looking at some of your work, and eager to read "Grandfather Gandhi"....What an inspired artist you are. This "Heartbeat" piece is beyond beautiful and the music so evocative. Thank you for your brilliant work. sonya

Evan Turk said...

Thank you so much for your kind words, Sonya!