Inspired by nature, my large-scale art installations are designed to provoke environmental awareness and activism. Minimizing the use of new materials, I incorporate recycled or reclaimed objects and biodegradable resources into pieces that draw attention to our precarious situation, as the system we created is killing the biosphere. In most cases, I find resources on-site, building immersive, ephemeral constructions that seem to converse with their local surroundings, such as a large, stick-bound habitat hung with debris found in the Mojave Desert. I also engage the public with participatory installations, curating interactive designs that raise awareness about vulnerable species. Almost all of my work is ephemeral, emphasizing the fragility of our ecosystems and the necessity to think about the materials we use. Everything that was ever made is a combination of materials that comes from somewhere on Earth.
I created the online-based art project, What’s Next for Earth, at the beginning of the pandemic, in April 2020. This participatory ongoing project proposes bi-monthly arts calls and online exhibitions focused on understanding the human predicament and envisioning a resilient future. It is based on the Think Resilience free online course by the Post Carbon Institute written by Richard Heinberg and supported by the MAHB (Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere). More than 120 artists from around the world are participating in the project.
Raised in southern France and Senegal by a geologist and a biologist, I learned from an early age about the unstable relationship between industrial development and nature. I grew up with a love for the outdoors—camping and hiking were frequent pastimes—and my art deeply reflects that early passion. Although my training is in graphic design, my art is inspired by science.
My artwork acknowledges that our current trajectory leads to devastating outcomes. After a long period of exponential growth, human civilization faces systemic collapse within decades. Some stages of this collapse are already underway, but it is still possible to change course. My pieces reflect the webbed integration of systems—pointing out the inextricability of economics, production, resource extraction, social justice, health, and the environment.
I live and work in Sunnyvale, California, and my exhibits and installations have been featured across North America and Europe.