Forest Floor, Looking Up, Sep 2019
Seafloor, Looking Up, Nov 2019
Volcano Chamber, Looking Up, Jan 2020
Each painting: 4.0 x 8.0 ft, acrylic on canvas
Inspired by the leaderless, often indigenous, climate justice movements worldwide in 2019, Mass Movements demonstrates climate action as a collection of animated agents, with no central hero, looking up, with hope, in defense of the natural world.
The series is arranged so that the viewer, looking at the painting, must imagine looking up, must imagine having hope that humans have the collective will necessary to avert worsening global warming.
The series successively deepens from a forest floor, to a seafloor, to a volcano chamber, to underline the importance of rooting deeply in this moment in earth's history, to imagine new (or rather, ancient) ways to relate to earth and trade that are more regenerative and just.
Individually, the paintings have different concepts, developed alongside major climatic events in late 2019/early 2020:
the rapid deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest (Forest Floor, Looking Up)
Australia's ongoing fire disaster and volcanic activity in New Zealand and the Phillipines (Volcano Chamber, Looking Up)