Artist StatementThe mangroves off the coast of Cozumel provide invaluable stabilization of the sediment to help prevent erosion on the coastlines. They also serve as critical nursery habitat for many species of fish, mollusks, crustaceans. Beyond providing shelter for threatened and endangered species, my piece pays respect to the amazing contribution that the mangroves tirelessly make every day to protect the coastline of Mexico and its inhabitants.
The main character represents the mangrove as a soft astute figure that stands strong for all walks of life, feeding, purifying and keeping its comrades safe and sound. My work highlights the importance of keeping these trees rather than harvesting them to make way for construction and development in places like Cozumel for hotels and bars. The preservation of mangroves is imperative for our oceans and coastlines in Cozumel and across the globe.
The FocusMangrove habitat conservation