My work explores human migration that results from ecological disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and earthquakes. I draw inspiration from images and stories of climate migrants found in media outlets such as newspapers, journals, and internet articles as way to memorialize the consequence of modifying the environment to fit the needs of society.
When highlighting the complexity of human climate migration, drawing and painting become key. I use color and the sketched line as mechanisms for underlining the ramifications of our ecological footprint and the transitory nature of human life. I use patterns to underscore the risk of losing culture in the process. My purpose is to continue to tell these stories through my own visual vocabulary as a way of drawing attention and sparking conversation about this dire and pressing issue.
Hangzhou, China, acrylic on wood panel, 41"x 54", 2021