This series of paintings explores ecological collapse through an ecofeminist perspective, combining mythology, body language and chemical notation.
From earliest human records, and across many cultures, Nature has been embodied as Goddess. The Ancient Greeks gave every tree and forest, every stream and river a female deity for protection. Western civilization, source of the Industrial Revolution, embedded Greek mythology in the elite education systems of Europe, from the Renaissance forward. My anachronistic nature deities, struggling to survive in environments blighted by human industry, are proxies for the bio-systems they traditionally blessed and protected.

I use the body language of distress to subvert classical traditions of idealized female nudes in Arcadian settings. I alter colonial era maps to reflect the cultural as well as environmental changes that began with European colonization of the New World. Chemical notation and molecular symbols acknowledge the science behind environmental degradation, and reveal invisible toxins that permeate life in the Anthropocene.
This body of work is framed by the psychological concept of solastalgia, the distress caused by environmental deterioration. Solastalgia, or eco-grief, is not a romantic wistfulness for a mythical past. For me, it is a deep melancholy for our present reality of deforestation and ocean acidification, melting glaciers and brutal heat waves, monoculture farming and extractive mining. It is anger and helplessness at the relentless growth of greenhouse gas emissions, the tragedy of mass species extinctions, the onslaught of industrial toxins in the air, water, soil, food. It is a heartbreaking awareness of irreversible destruction and loss bequeathed to our descendants. My work bears witness to these emotional impacts.
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