Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Phew it’s getting Warm


Hand Pulled Serigraph ~ 14 Stencils

2018 ~ 3 x 4” ~ 8 x 10 cm

Edition 43, artist proofs 5

Penguins adaptations are necessary as Antarctica warms from climate change. A penguin lifts its wings to cool under the hot sun.

This penguin adaptations to a warmer than usual summer day is to stretch out its flippers and cool its flipper pits. They actually do loose heat in this way!

This amazing bird is able to inhabit some of the most inhospitable places on the planet. The penguin parents take turns swimming from their breeding grounds, south to the ‘Antarctic Polar Front’ to feed themselves, and bring back food for their young. The Antarctic Polar Front is a juncture where the cold Antarctic water meets the warmer currents coming from the equator, and in this area of the Antarctic Ocean, fish thrive in great numbers.

Warmer winter temperatures have resulted in thinner sea ice that is connected to the land. For some colonies this has meant that the penguins had easier access to open water, and these colonies have grown. With global warming however the ‘Antarctic Polar Front’ where the penguins feed is shifting southward. This has resulted in other colonies having to travel much further to find food for their chicks.

Climate change is unpredictable. They breed on the ice, and penguin adaptations have made them uniquely suited to raising their chicks in the cold Antarctic environment.
A study looking at penguin genetics and the fossil record show that penguins evolve more slowly to a changing environment, than other birds. There is concern that the speed of rising temperature will exceeds the adaptive capabilities of penguins.

The blue ferry and the Galapagos penguins, both among the smallest penguins, are unique. These penguins adaptations actually evolved over many millions of years, for living in a tropical environment.

This serigraph has participated in the following International Exhibits;
2022 BIMPE XI Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Visual Space Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2021 International Miniature Art Biennial – Retrospective Edition, Galerie du Rift, Ville Marie, Quebec, Canada
2020 2nd TKO International Miniprint; Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, Tokyo, Japan
2020 2nd TKO International Miniprint Art Zone Kaguraoka, Kyoto, Japan
2020 2nd TKO International Miniprint Gallery Irohani, Osaka Japan
2019 Miniprint Kazanlak, Art Gallery of Kazanlak, Bulgaria, Europe
2019 International d’art miniature 10th Edition, Centre d’Exposition Louise-Carrier, Levis Quebec