Michael Boroniec, MA, USA, responds to the ongoing crude oil disaster in the Gulf Coast using terracotta and a black glaze to create his installation, “Crude Awakening.” His sculptures of pelicans covered in oil sit atop a black oil drum presented in front of an American Flag printed using motor oil silk screened on canvas. An appropriated Xi Xing teapot is transformed into a barrel with oil stained twigs acting as a spout and handle with a lid fashioned in the form of a pelican. Shore birds are perched on a post stained with tar. Boroniec channeled his frustration watching the ongoing crude oil disaster in the Gulf through this series of sculptures and objects. “It’s a narrative. They are props for a story. Sadly, the story isn’t fiction, peoplehave lost their livelihoods, the ecosystem has sustained serious damage. So,when no one knows who BP is, what BP did, or what even BP stands for, the storywill still be written for future generations to learn from” says Boroniec, a native of Pittsfield, who attended RISD Cr 06'. Prior works included, “The Things They Left Behind” a series of objects based on the items carried by his friend, West Point graduate, Capt.Sam Russo, currently deployed in Afghanistan.