mixed media installation
Ex Situ Project Components:
Wall Painting (17 1/2 x 7 feet, made up of 4 panels): Sumi ink and watercolor on washi (Japanese rice paper), Gold Vinyl, Handmade bamboo frame.
Tree Installation (8 feet tall, 7 feet around): Plywood, Video Projector, Speakers, Printed Laminated Shoji Paper, Digital Media Player
Technology: 3x Android Tablets (for viewing)
Augmented Reality Content: Viewers can use the provided tablets or mobile phones to unlock Augmented Reality (AR) content. Activate the AR by scanning the device over the painting. Download HP Reveal (iOS, Android) and search for #exsitu.
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, January 26 - April 21, 2019, as part of their Peace On Earth group exhibition.