Tidal Shift is Werger's newest and largest work to date. This piece is a six-panel panoramic intaglio image consisting of hand drawn aquatint and white ground imagery.
The title 'Tidal Shift' refers not only to the endangered coastal tideland but also to the psychological mindset of the characters.
At first glance, the image appears bucolic but there is a subtext in that the participants of this play are oblivious to the forces of the rising ocean and the impending consequences of the consumerist indulgences.
The sweep of the image covers approximately a 180-degree viewing angle spanning from ocean view across the beach to the mainland.
The main visual emphasis is on the lighting of the natural setting but there is also a strong emphasis on the textures of waves, clouds and sand eliciting a visceral response, and on patterns and compositional placement of the figures that crowd the scene.
Completed in 2016, each etching + aquatint panel is 36 x 24 in.