(Above) Morning View, 2022, Digital photo collage.
(Above) Afternoon Gardening, 2022, Digital photo collage.
Take A Seat
(Above) Take A Seat, 2022, Digital photo collage.
(Above) Celestial Living, 2022, Digital photo collage.
(Above) Submerged, Digital photo collage, 2022.
In this series of works, I wanted to capture familiar places and utilize elements and objects that would not normally exist or be associated with the original space. The original spaces I documented for the base of each piece are places I associate with comfort and familiarity. Using these familiar places and transforming them into spaces that become unfamiliar and displaced help me address my main focus for this series, climate change. Climate change itself has been a serious issue humanity has been both contributing to and battling since the industrial revolution. Due to the lack of change and immediate action being taken globally to combat climate change, climate change is becoming irreversible. I have found that the lack of change stems from a lack of awareness and that people don’t take action or are disinterested because they don’t perceive climate change as an immediate threat to their wellbeing. My goal as an artist for this series is to help raise awareness and spark a genuine interest in taking action to help reverse climate change. My work portrays the familiar and comfort found within intimate spaces that have been transformed into displaced and surreal realities. Through this transformative process, I can create a space that may become reality in the future if we don’t start taking action. In my piece, “Submerged”, I portray a completely submerged living room in the ocean. This piece is reacting to the drastic sea level rising due to global warming. From now until 2050, it has been projected that sea levels will rise five to nine inches. This will have extremely damaging effects and impacts on major cities and vulnerable coastlines on a global scale. During my artistic process, the transformation process and implementing a surreal illusion are essential to the meaning and goal of the overall series. The transformation of familiar and mundane into a surreal illusion helps me vocalize and visualize the future humanity may face in the future if we don’t start taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint. When the audience can see this surreal new reality, I hope they will take it as a means to start reflecting on how they are contributing to global warming and can help fight it.