In The Crosshairs
Acrylic & ink on canvas, 60x48
This piece was driven by the current plights of manatees.
Their main threats come from human impacts such as getting caught in boat propellers and fishing gear. Climate change and red tide are also big threats to this species. Color is often a thermometer of emotions. In this piece, I think the colors are inspired by the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, 2 bodies of water where manatees call home, and where I have spent so much time throughout my life. The colors of plants and animals are mind-blowing. Bright colors not only help to bring them into the spotlight but also help to put a positive light on them.
An important and constant aspect present throughout my process involves tapping into my center and finding a sense of calm amidst the chaos. To do that, acts of repetition and patterning are continuous during my creative journey.
One example of this process manifesting lately are these meticulous and purposefully drawn, symbols mixed with binary code (ones and zeroes) clustered, repetitive and tightly organized. These represent the filtering of noise and chaos. Part of that noise involves her significant concern for present day tech consumption and how it filters our life experience with the actual world. Putting the noise into some sense of organization is extremely satisfying and centering.
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