With the drought in California, there has been much heated discussion about who actually owns the right to bottle and profit from water, making my image of “Silent Spring” especially timely.

“Bottled water companies under fire amid California’s drought,” Sacramento Bee, May 14, 2015:

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s exposé of pesticides and pollution published in 1962, launched the ecological movement. Inspired by her influential book, my empty plastic water bottle labeled “Silent Spring” heralds yet another environmental catastrophe.

With the proliferation of single-use plastic bottles, we are facing a monumental ecological and health crisis. The shift away from drinkable tap water to bottled water creates mountains of needless garbage. The leaching of chemical compounds from the plastic into the water has unknown health consequences.

The label on my Silent Spring plastic water bottle uses the original font and cover color from the first edition of Silent Spring. The bottle is displayed on a glass coaster with a collage of a dry lakebed and photographs of empty water bottles.

“Silent Spring” is an apt description for the transformation of pure mountain spring water into a corporate-owned commodity, a silencing of the source.

Judith Selby Lang explores the global impact of plastic pollution in her multimedia art installations. She is committed to the creation of positive symbols and life-affirming images to help energize the conversation about environmental issues. By giving aesthetic form to what is considered to be garbage, Judith serves as both cleaner and curator. While the content of her work has a message about the spoiling of the natural world by the human/industrial world, her intent is to transform the perils of pollution into something celebratory.