Project: Vanishing California
Painting California’s endangered and threatened plants, to look closely at habitat loss, restructured my mind with something akin to peace—peace and balance.
So my project began in anxiety and mourning morphed to a practice of obeservation of nature. I visit endangered plants. I noticed how photographs of rare things migrate across websites like icons. The digital images themselves are made of light. Pixilations become metaphors for fragility, disintegration, disappearance. And maybe what some people call the sublime, some thought of terror of loss, and the beautiful.