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Hidden Cost by Novie Trump
Statement: Hidden Cost explores the dependence we have on fossil fuels to manufacture and power most of our modern conveniences and creature comforts, while we ignore the devastating effects of drilling for that oil on wildlife populations and their

During the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as millions of gallons of oil continued
to pour into the ocean over a period of 70 days, images scrolled across every
television screen of the damage being done to the ocean and the wildlife within it.
The damage was so vast and far -reaching as to be virtually incomprehensible.

Despite the horror that many felt at the time, the focus has now shifted from
environmental matters to growing concerns over the rising price of oil and the effect
it has on car fuel prices. Most don’t realize the scope of the petroleum industry:
virtually everything we touch in our daily lives is made with petroleum or is
indelibly tied to petroleum in some way.

This installation juxtaposes the effects of environmental damage done by oil
drilling with a visual reminder of the everyday consumables fueled by petroleum,
illustrating the hidden costs of our consumption of goods.

Bio: Novie Trump is a sculptor and installation artist working primarily in
ceramic and mixed media. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the
University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and
invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in
numerous publications. Winner of the 2009 Strauss Fellowship, she has
been awarded grants and commissions for several public art works, the
most recent at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC.

She is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary art
space in Mt. Rainier, MD. To learn more please visit her website at
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