In The Crosshairs
Acrylic & ink on canvas, 60x48
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This piece was inspired by the plight of the manatees which considered an endangered species, and whose main threats come from human activity. Manatees are frequently entangled in boat propellers and fishing gear and threatened by climate change and red tides: discolorations of the sea surface caused by toxic algae overgrowth.
Colors often serve as a thermometer of emotions in the artist’s work. The colors in this piece are also inspired by hues found in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, two bodies of water that manatees call home. Global warming is represented by reds and other hot colors.
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.
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