Over winter of 2019, I was selected by Illustration department faculty members Chris Eliopoulos and Chris Arnold to represent our department in the 26th Hokin Honors Exhibition. I gratefully accepted and began to work on my ideas for what I wanted to show.
I settled on the theme of human influenced environmental issues, so I titled the three works altogether as Causing Disaster. At the exhibit, these were printed 3x4' (36x48") on heavy Photo Matte paper.
Wildfires have ravaged California, with some of the worst we’ve seen coming from last year. A combination of widespread drought and bark beetle infestation of oak trees have exacerbated this issue, producing powerful blazes that have caused significant ecological damage.
Some claim that we are in the midst of another mass extinction, this time human caused. Hundreds of bird species have died out rapidly over the last few centuries, and currently scientists have also been monitoring an insect die-off at an equally alarming scale.
The Gulf of Mexico has seen environmental damage from oil spill accidents at an incomprehensible magnitude, with some of the worst events happening in this century alone. The most critical parts of the habitat of the gulf sturgeon, which are now listed as endangered, are all along the Gulf of Mexico.
Family and friends for scale!
Special thanks to my faculty advisors for this project— Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Arnold, and Ivan Brunetti.