In the shadow of apocalyptic fears that run through the contemporary collective unconscious, I make reference to this possible existential outcome by applying the trope of a gas mask clad human amidst a shroud of smoke so thick that it obstructs the ocean’s horizon. After 5 days of living under a blanket of forest fire smoke, the headaches, drowsiness, and dread became overwhelming. As a response, I assembled an evocative costume and walked out to the end of the breakwater, which acts as a sort of stage for the surrounding beach side community. When faced with imminent disaster, a common human coping strategy is to act in some way, regardless of how effective it will be. I chose to stand in this spot, as a reminder of why the smoke is here, and a warning of what is to come. With climate change comes rising sea levels. Global warming is at the root of the increased forest fire activity, and burning trees increase greenhouse gases; a negative feedback loop that we have already begun.
Forest Fire Smoke, 3pm, An Otherwise Sunny Day, 2018
This video was shot on traditional Lekwungen First Nations unceded territory.
Manic A.D.D. Water
Using footage of water (ocean and streams) that I have shot over the years, I wanted to create a short video that was paradoxical to the environments from which the images were collected. Catering to the attention span of today’s ADD culture, I have condensed these various water clips into short spurts, and combined with vivid colors, to turn something so ethereal and timeless, into a manic slurry of pop eye candy.