Acrylic & ink on canvas, 30x48
According to the IUCN, our reefs are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Some factors which are killing the corals are the increasing temperature of our oceans, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, unethical fishing methods, water pollution, sedimentation, and human activities.
Corals constantly play a balancing act with the waters they have to work with and can undergo only so much bleaching before they just can't continue and they die.
It is our choice to catch our behavior in time to save this ecosystem and the number one way is to be mindful of our carbon footprint and unnecessary consumption habits.
I often infuse my work with clusters of symbols organized in different ways. These symbols represent all aspects of life on the planet, like biology, chemistry, alchemy, technology, mathematics, pop culture, tribal symbols and icons of my own.
Humanity’s impact on our world is so profound and life altering that it seems all exists either in chaos, perpetual conflict or imbalance between humans, technology and nature.
Going through creating these clusters allows me to organize and digest the chaos, and literally open up space to breathe within the work and myself. Otherwise, all open space would be filled with chaos.
My work, though it tells hard truths about how human behaviors and consumption habits affect life, it is about hope that the human race will create a sustainable planet where life and technological advances can live in balance.