Ely Center for Contemporary Art Online

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Isolation has radically shifted the decibel level of my life and dramatically reoriented me toward the natural world. For the many months of this pandemic, I quarantined in a rural area, all my attention turned to nature, I observed the colors changing and seasons turning, the peeling of bark, the bloom of algae and plastic waste products piling. I felt extreme heat and heeded tornado warnings. The climate change crisis penetrates deeper now, a reminder of the fragility of our infrastructure, surroundings and the importance of protecting this planet as a refuge. I depict vulnerable landscapes, with an unraveling quality, as a way to communicate to viewers the importance of preserving what has existed before us, and needs to exist after.