34 original paintings made from Louisiana / Bulbancha clays, soil, deconstructed bricks, water, and mixed media
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5 large paintings
11 medium paintings
18 small paintings
+ 12 color studies
LAND | WATER | COLOR
15% of the proceeds will be donated to mutual aid + local organizations fighting environmental racism.
about the series
I created this series after returning from an extended Hurricane Ida evacuation. The hurricane devastated southeast Louisiana and personally led me to question the decision to raise my family amongst so much uncertainty. After so much disruption and anxiety, creating this work felt like a whole-body exhale and an unexpected spiritual journey. It was a homecoming, but underscored by the possibility of loss. My mark making flowed between calm and chaos as I regained my footing.
The process started by foraging a few handfuls of clay, top soil, discarded bricks, oak galls, and decaying tree bark from southern Louisiana and processing them into fine pigments. I mixed them with binders to create land watercolors and inks which became the first layers of each painting. From there, I added water to the land to see what would happen.
The materials mirrored land loss on the canvas. As is true of the levees and the Mississippi River, I found the work was most successful when I worked with the elements instead of trying to control them.
As I continue to find my place among the shifts of the earth, I discovered comfort in the visual parallels between cellular, natural, and solar shapes. I also felt a sense of place growing from within. Creating this body of work was a way to turn my mind off and just float with the colors of my enchanting, watery home that I will forever love so deeply.