artwork > anthropocene tablets

Have you ever considered what the landscape would look like without human imposition? Imagine your surroundings void of architecture, agriculture and technology. Radioactive elements, plastic pollution, deforestation, carbon dioxide emissions, the extinction of species, mining, raised sea levels and even the abundance of the domesticated chicken are among the few reasons for geologists to consider the possibility that we no longer live in the Holocene epoch, but rather the Anthropocene, an age where human activity has permanently changed the course of climate and dominated natural systems.

The wall tablets or tiles you see here represent the love I have for drawing and painting on clay.

The permanent nature of clay motivates the manifestation of the drawn, sculpted, and painted images and forms within this body of work. Image, color and material coexist in order to make evident the stories surrounding life.

The disposition of contemporary society’s relationship and or disconnect with both wild and domesticated animals is complex. By chronicling the threatened and easily forgotten life forms that make up the natural world I hope to reveal their fragile essence as permanent artifacts.

The practically imperishable ancient Middle Eastern clay tablet is an object that communicates a writing system which has shed light on cultural and spiritual events of a time long past. It eloquently testifies Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian contributions to human civilization. Communication through fired or hardened earth is also evident in the caves of Lascaux and the engraved petroglyphs found globally. I attempt to capture this spirit in my work.

These pictorial stories between humans and animals and written accounts of culture have informed our perspectives on the human condition. It is for these reasons I have chosen to portray the present landscape, narrate the changes in the environment, and bring attention to the loss of wild animals. It is my intention that these works will endure and allow future generations to look into a window of the past.

Vanita
2017
whale tile
Lowfire Red Earthenware
9" x 11" x 2"
2015
Radioactive KC, MO
Earthenware
20" x 36" x 5"
2016
toad tile
Lowfire Red Earthenware
10" x 12" x 2"
2015
Pastime Near a Rigorously Modern Building
earthenware
18" x 18" x 2"
2008
For Their Tusks
earthenware
7.5x10x3
2012