Artist Drenches Models in Fake Oil to Protest Gulf Oil Spill

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When news broke on April 20, 2010, that an explosion had occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, artist Jane Fulton Alt was in the hospital, meeting her new grandson for the first time. He had been born the previous day.

"I have a vague recollection of something terrible happening in the greater world," she explained in an interview with Peurto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia, "but was totally focused on the immediate joys of a new little person coming into the world."

But as the fire raged on—and the platform eventually sank—Fulton Alt knew she must find some way to help the effort, even if she couldn't travel to the Gulf. So she decided to drench models in fake oil -- creating the photo series "Crude Awakening" -- with controversial results.

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Image credit: Jane Fulton Alt