Artist StatementIntended to highlight how climate change is accelerating sea-level rise, I was inspired to create a multi-level installation consisting of 18 precisely hand-cut panel pieces that create the image of a displaced fish when combined. The hand-painted panels are meant to mimic an intricate jigsaw puzzle, representing the complicated interconnection of factors that comprise the cause and effects of sea-level rise. By collectively doing our part to cut out fossil fuels and limit carbon emissions, we can “Rise Above” and reduce the impact of this inevitable threat.
I have lived my whole life a stone's throw from the shores of South Florida’s coastline. The ocean has always been a sacred place for me, providing an escape from everyday overstimulation, an outlet of awe, always leading to inspiration. During the last decade, the catastrophic effects of sea-level rise have become ever more noticeable.
I have seen destructive erosion, coastal and inland flooding, along with pollution from agricultural runoff causing toxic algae blooms leading to massive fish kills and habitat destruction. I grew up on my Dad’s boat exploring Biscayne Bay surrounded by its abundance of dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. I revisit the same spots with my daughters today and am faced with the sad realization that we are losing this complex and very fragile ecosystem. I still have hope in humanity and our ability to reverse the effects of climate change. As a parent, I am obligated to leave my children a safe planet.