With a sense of play, a commitment to question, and a desire for the viewer to contemplate, my art seeks causal recognition that we are an all-inclusive group. We live in challenging times, and we experience change, share mistakes, and rejoice in the good – and the difficult – together. Many have been treated unfairly; some have so much more than others. I believe, though, that if we are respectful and creative and work hard we can still repair the world. It is against this backdrop that I focus my work into larger themes. My recent examinations are the effect climate change has on animals and trees.
The series Big Yellow Taxi is named for Joni Mitchell’s iconic 1970 song of the same name. “They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot”
The trees in this series are bare, starved of the water and chlorophyll required for life. Instead of growing, their dead trunks are locked into alternating layers of cement and the litter of passing seasons. In place of greenery and flowers, found objects hang from the branches. These trees can no longer offer shelter, food, or resources to the animals and humans that once depended on them for survival.
The birds here have either gone extinct or their fate is so precarious they are unlikely to survive as a species. Human encroachment has led to habitats too small to sustain minimum populations; overhunting for food, fashion, or fly tying has decimated populations of birds that once sang out in our forests and skies. The passenger pigeon, my first piece in this series and a relation to doves and common pigeons, was considered a pest that filled the skies and left messes in our cities. It took only decades to decimate that population and the final bird, named Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.
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