In Hope of Symbiocene
The transience of memory and how we edit it over time was the origin of my research this year. The interplay with feelings and sensory experiences selectively influences our remembered snapshots, often creating surreal elements.
As the pandemic threatened our survival as a species, hospital staff in personal protective equipment triggered a memory of my father, a skilled beekeeper. Pollinating insects are also fighting for survival because of our disregard for the environment. This prompted both figurative and abstract work as I investigated the foraging conditions of these pollinators, essential for human food production.
Topographical maps, images of weather systems, and research into the visual spectrum and flight communication of these insects guided my painting process, suggesting materials from ink and acrylics to oils in response to the subject. An awareness of climate change and ecological collapse is where my current work is situated.