Art for conservation is a spectacular way of educating and sensitizing the public about issues that are largely carpeted for short term gain by the private sector. Pictorial representations are capable of invoking a deep emotional response in the viewer, as an artist can elect to combine elements of a narrative in multiple layers building depth and dimension to a cause that would ordinarily be hard to convey as effectively and expediently through any other channel. Art can communicate in one glance, what essays can communicate only with footnotes, parallels, conclusions and references. Each one of my canvases dispenses distilled doses of distressing realities, and its puissance lies with the fact that it can do so within a single frame. I use art as an incisive tool for communication. I do what I do because each piece has the power to percolate and penetrate on a personal scale potentially serving as a catalyst for glocal transformation. Today is about a 100 issues taking a single step forward not a single issue taking a 100 steps forward. The latter, like the annual budget, will take time...
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller
"You can't care if you don't know, you might not care even if you do know, but you can't care if you don't know" — Sylvia Earle
I have never been one to preach from the sidelines, if I see something I address it. I believe in a hands on approach, better me than someone else and better now than never. I think if enough people take it upon themselves to preserve what matters, without expecting a third party to step in to do what's right, then we have a strong shot at sculpting a sustainable survival statement for all life.
Whales are absolutely magnificent and the more I learn about them the more I fall in love with these behemoths of the big blue. I love that only male humpbacks sing, and that they do so in rhyme. I love that right whales sleep with their tails sticking out of the water like signposts in the sea. I love that a hydrophone can pick up a blue whale's heart beat two miles away. So why am I so enthusiastic to support all Cetus causes, because the world would be a deprived place if future generations did not even have the opportunity to see a cetacean breach or tail sail in the wild. More importantly we do not have the right to exterminate another species, this invariably causes a massive imbalance in any ecosystem and with a mammal as large and intelligent as a whale, it would be a grave loss on more accounts than one.
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There are several logical arguments that strongly recommend we wean ourselves away from fossil fuels and opt for healthier, more sustainable energy systems. The top seven include: Ocean Acidification, climate crisis, changing landscapes, loss of biodiversity, simple mathematics (cost of a spill), and health. Oil wells and rigs are like ticking time bombs, it is only a matter of time before one blows, and mostly because someone tried to cut fiscal corners. I was personally very affected by the BP spill in 2010, when I saw the extent of devastation it caused and the number of animals and birds that were claimed by its gleaming iridescent expanse I was enraged, creating graphic art works was the only way I could lend a voice.
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The urgency of several issues impelled me to create singular campaigns that would shed light on the context and concern that needed immediate address. Signal fires are individual quick response artworks created to bring to the attention of the public through social media channels an issue in dire need of a succinct strong visual voice.
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