Creative advocacy is an integral part of my art practice. I’m fascinated by the impacts of manmade infrastructures on the natural world. Recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires are direct consequences of climate change. Lack of Presidential leadership and imagination in America shouldn’t deter global environmental progress. Humanity must move forward.
My research led to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s website. According to NASA: “Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.”
A NASA image of planet Earth left a powerful impression. It was the satellite view of the Americas from Earth Day on April 22, 2014. In the photo, our fragile planet floats like a celestial body in a large and vast universe. As a result, the concept for the video art installation EARTH was born.
After receiving NASA’s permission to use the photo, I reimagined how humans have altered Earth’s balance. The digital disorientation and contortion merged together disparate experiences. This new narrative would derive from an unidentified foreign perspective questioning the complicity of humanity.
EARTH video stills:
Each image was manipulated and precisely rearranged. Sixty seconds of video equaled three hours of work. By the end of each studio day, my hands and eyes were sore and restless. Wishing the progress would be faster, patience won over process. Representing letters in the English language, the finished piece reimagined planet Earth in twenty-six altered states.
Astrophysicist and Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson on CNN: “The day two politicians are arguing about whether science is true, it means nothing gets done. Nothing…It’s the beginning of the end of an informed democracy, as I’ve said many times. What I’d rather happen is you recognize what is scientifically truth, then you have your political debate.”
Despite Earth’s beauty and provider of life status, global citizens must not allow greed to become the fatal blow. Let’s support science and facts together. There is no alternative planet for humankind…