Nancy Slagle


Lubbock, TX, United States

8" x 6" x 1"

Photo credit: Robly A. Glover

Sarcastic Souvenir Spoon: Coral

I have made a series of sarcastic souvenir spoons that use image and text to present shameful information concerning natural resources we have allowed to be plundered for shortsighted gains. Old growth Coastal Redwoods and coral reefs are just two examples in an appallingly long list. With our forests burning and our coastlines eroding while our Earth is in the midst of radical climate change, I was moved to create sarcastic souvenir spoons to respond to our destruction of iconic natural wonders and resources. Our oceans are also in peril with over 50% of the world’s coral reefs already dead. Globally about half a billion people depend on coral reef ecosystems for food, coastal protection, and income from tourism and fisheries. We need to reverse this situation for our natural resources and we should assist other countries in preserving their natural resources, so they do not repeat the same mistakes we have made.

In 1988 Nancy Slagle was awarded a NEA Individual Artist grant. Her work has been collected by the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Renwick Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. She has taught at Texas Tech University since 1991 and served as an Associate Director of the School of Art since 2006.

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