s c a n d a l
copper, brass, moss
The ocean I knew as a child was a place where gigantic cargo ships lived, leaving behind oily trails and the rank smell of dead water. It wasn’t until I was 14 years old that I realized what an unpolluted ocean looked like. My work combines industrial metal parts with organic forms, depicting the collision between the industries that pollute the ocean and the inhabitants underwater. From afar, my work looks aesthetically pleasing; up close, the viewer realizes that the colors of the ocean run into the colors of heavy machinery, and that corruption is unavoidable. By combining hollow forming, chemical patinas, and spray painted backdrops, I create a vision of the gradual decay of coral and other underwater organisms and a documentation of human ability to destroy carelessly.