Oil, relief compound, stitching, acrylic emulsion (crackle) on linen, 2016
56 in x 78 in,
gallery wrapped, ready to hang
"Grace" is part of the Agents of Change series which presents both living and non-living catalysts of environmental change which have rapidly transformed the physical and social environment of Hawai`i. As the most isolated archipelago on earth (2,000 miles from the nearest continent), Hawaii's plants and animals evolved in isolation from mainland predators, thereby losing their chemical (scents) and natural defenses like thorns and making them vulnerable to sheep, goats and other hoofed mammals like axis deer. The work takes shadowy imagery from a native Hawaiian forest on Hawai`i Island--draping lianas and shrubs--and presents this environment as a ghostly remnant of what is left, inviting the viewer into the mist of what remains.