Artwork is 8 ft long and 3 ft wide, drawn w/ black sharpies and pens
This project is a kind-of physical and artistic mulling — it is my way of reckoning with the emotional force of discovering and learning about anthropogenic effects on our oceans, specifically coral reefs. Depicted are 25 species of coral, listed below, considered “endangered” or “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by the U.S. agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They are shown with signs of the human — a tire; a trawling net; black ink as oil; void of color as bleaching.
We the Coral are: Acropora cervicornis, Mycetophyllia ferox, Dendrogyra cylindrus, Orbicella faveolata, Orbicella annularis, Acropora palmata, Orbicella franksi, Tubastraea floreana, Siderastrea glynni, Seriatopora aculeata, Porites napopora, Pavona diffluens, Montipora australiensis, Isopora crateriformis, Euphyllia paradivisa, Cantharellus noumeae, Acropora spinosa, Acropora tenella, Acropora speciosa, Acropora rudis, Acropora retusa, Acropora pharaonis, Acropora lokani, Acropora jacquelineae, and Acropora globiceps
Special thanks to Nathan Hensley & Ewa Krzyszcyk. The endangered and threatened species lists were found on the websites of the NOAA, the ESA, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.