Something's in the Water

Enso Art Gallery is pleased to present “Something’s In the Water” a major exhibition of paintings by Nedret Andre. “Something’s in the Water” is a collaborative project that combines art, music by Gus Agudelo and presentations from marine ecologist Barnabas Daru and Alyssa Novak. The interconnectedness of a vast number of species sheltered, fed and protected by seagrass habitats is an inspiration for Nedret Andre’s abstract paintings.

“Something’s in the Water” is about the ambiguous space between the recognizable and unrecognizable. Something appears so real and familiar you are convinced it is one thing, yet you are not sure if you can trust your vision or your sense of reality. “Something’s in the Water” is about trying to make sense with the absurdities of our current political and environmental situation. 

Like love, or lead in our drinking water, we are in a haze, not sure what is happening to us. Nedret’s abstract paintings deal with the tension between the real and the imagined. Her paintings depict the sensations of light that is essential for seagrass survival. Andre paints the energy, movement, and the seemingly haphazard logic of things in seagrass beds. Seagrass needs clean clear water to survive, when fertilizers, pesticides and other pollution create large algae blooms, the grass can not get enough light and die. Globally we are losing over twenty football fields of seagrass everyday.

We are all connected to our rivers, estuaries, wetlands, and oceans. When we have no safeguards to protect our rivers like in thepolluted Flint River residents get sick. If fertilizer and pesticide makers, farmers, developers, and other businesses don't have proper restrictions on acceptable levels of nitrates and sulfate they use, large algae blooms appear as with Florida killing off seagrass and giving residences respiratory disease. Our current administration is trying to “Roll Back” The 1972 Clean Water Act, which currently limits pollution in major water bodies. Something is in the Water, maybe it is seagrass, algae blooms, lead, or love?