Monotype and Digital, Oil, 30″ x 22″
Extraction: Response to the Changing World Environment
July 16 – August 15, 2021
Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA
Sinking Subsidence is my contemporary version of Grant Wood’s American Gothic. It speaks of drought-induced sinking and the growing consumption of water-intensive goods. Unsustainable amounts of water are extracted from underground aquifers to irrigate crops and use for growing populations. With excessive extraction of groundwater, lands deflate and descend into mile-long unnoticeable sinkholes, often resulting in long-term permanent damage. The words are a running list of water-intensive goods and products with the largest water footprint.
The intentional use of empty white space is meant to be uncomfortable, as an awkward silence in a conversation. The imbalance and tension created, reflects the divergence of global warming. The typography plays a role within the narrative by revealing the distressing facts while rendering the objects at risk. The fading human figures remind us that we are predominantly made up of water and are in danger of losing our life source.