Ex Situ

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Contextualizing contemporary views of nature with the past is my search for the authentic; natural vs artificial environments, wild vs cultivated, real vs synthetic, questioning the manmade organic. My investigations through art and documentary film delves into transportation, fluidity, displacement, the tension between man’s consumption and preservation of nature. This body of work draws upon the history and human fascination of Hawaiian birds, and disappearance and recovery of native species.

Ex situ conservation is the practice of raising rare species outside of their habitat, maintaining live organisms in manmade surroundings. The ‘Alalā (Hawaiian Crow) is a premier example of ex situ conservation, becoming extinct in the wild in 2002. One of the most endangered animals in the world, about 125 birds survive in captivity. In 2017, a dozen ‘Alalā were successfully reintroduced into native Hawaiian forests. This piece was inspired by my experience of witnessing 5 of the wild ‘Alalā in Pu‘u Maka‘ala on Hawai‘i Island in 2018.

Exhibited at the Museum of Art & Art History in Lancaster, CA,  Peace On Earth  January 26 - April 21, 2019.

Project Components:

Painting (17 1/2' x 7', made up of 4 panels): Sumi ink and watercolor on washi (Japanese rice paper), Gold Vinyl, Handmade bamboo frame.

Tree Installation (8' x 7' x 7'): Plywood, Video Projector, Speakers, Printed Laminated Shoji Paper, Digital Media Player

Technology: 3x Android Tablets (for viewing AR content)

Viewers use the provided tablets to unlock Augmented Reality media.  Activate by scanning tablet over the painting. Download HPReveal (iOS, Android) and search for #exsitu. 

Animated Alala bird in Augmented Reality.

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