Many scientists put us in the Anthropocene era. A time where humanity’s impact has been so profound that it has changed the course of this earth in permanent ways. A planet where so much exists in chaos and perpetual conflict, filtered by technology and its consumption, and littered with environmental, political, economic and socio-cultural chaos.
In my work I examine and respond to the current plights of endangered animals affected by human mindset and behavior, and how they determine the current plight of our microcosm and macrocosm.
I seek to vibrate with the flow of life—its physicality, spirituality, and deep truths. I tell a story of what I see and how I feel about it, built-up in layers and rooted in hope and survival.
I struggle with the amount of influence and power technology has over the entire state of our planet, and how much it filters through all aspects of life. Is technology simply being consumed, or is it consuming the planet and all life in it to a point of no return? Will all we are left with just be virtual reality? Should we be grateful for its connectivity or terrified of how it isolates us? Is there still time to make it all work together? These are all open questions I ponder.
I attempt to transform that struggle by infusing my work with bright colors and symbolically represent filters flowing through my subjects in tightly organized clusters of symbols inspired by binary code, pop culture, archaic lettering, alchemy and my imagination. The very process of arranging this perceived chaos is cathartic, and in my own way, attempts to inject optimism, reactivate a mindset and bring some harmony. It serves as a reminder that we humans still have a choice to step back a bit from the entrancing digital world and actually go out and re-learn how to experience life and nature. Renewed connection with wildlife, the environment and actual outdoor life experiences are transformative and might spark changes in time to create a sustainable planet where all life can live in balance with each other.
As an artist, the possibility to connect with viewers and open a space for dialogue and self-reflection is both a privilege and a responsibility I feel deeply. To create empathy and bring about actions, breathing hope while keeping it real, giving voice to life that can’t speak is priceless.
And it’s in that place—of feeling the Earth’s injuries, and feeling it with each other—that the alchemy emerges. It’s in the cauldron of sharing our grief with our community, of gazing at it together and not looking away, that the heartbreak turns to hope. Hope, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed...We struggle between two contrasting views of humanity: one driving to a technological endgame of artificially enhanced humans, the other enabling a sustainable future arising from our intrinsic connectedness with each other and the natural world." - -Jeremy Lent