It is human nature to want to leave our mark on the world. From the Pyramids in Egypt, to Stonehenge in England, there are monumental displays of human ingenuity, creativity, and passion all over the globe. Preserve and Protect is a project that takes this concept of 'leaving our mark' and considers the impact it has on our natural environments. I have worked to create art within British Columbia's beautiful forests, using the environment as my canvas, adding to it with bio-degradable art.
The purpose of this project is to start a conversation surrounding the issues of sustainability and environmental preservation, by humanizing the environment. Emotional portraits are placed in the wild and documented during their decay; a process that generally takes a month. These portraits create a surreal landscape which can surprise, shock, or provide a fanciful escape. It is my hope to inspire deeper thoughts about how we interact with our environment, from the positive to the negative. We are all-too-often quick to take nature for granted, so my placement of this bio-degradable art is deliberate: I want people to give pause and take the time to see the wonder around them and, just maybe, try even harder to keep our green spaces safe.