THE ECOLOGICAL SELF

Inspired by the writings of Rachel Carson, Arne Næss, and others, this ongoing body of work examines the relationship between myself and the ecosystems and environments I am a part of as the impacts of climate change and other ecological issues become more drastic and more urgent. The Ecological Self  allows me to see myself as a part of the ecosystem I live in, instead of an outside observer or controller of it. And seeing myself in this way makes protecting the environment an act of self-love and self-defense. 

From the Holocene to the Anthropocene: Redefining the Ecological Self

 Orihon-style artist book printed on Kozo Okawara paper with relief woodblock prints, 6x4 inches when closed (2019)

Ecology and the Self

 Etching and aquatint printed on Hahnemuhle Copperplate paper, 9x11 inches (2020)

Ecology and the Self II

Etching and aquatint printed on Hahnemuhle Copperplate paper, 7x7 inches (2020)

Ecology and the Self II

Etching and aquatint printed on Hahnemuhle Copperplate paper, 7x7 inches (2020)

Emergent Ecologies

Etching on Hahnemuhle Copperplate, 5.5 x 9 inches (2020)

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