Artwork > Desert Survival

Desert Survival documents my personal encounters with the Southwest desert and illustrates the consequences of climate change through storytelling. Arriving in the Southwest in 2017, I discovered that temperatures can reach 120° Fahrenheit and that the Colorado River, the main water source, may soon be acutely rationed. By using self-portraiture in desert settings, I create mysterious predictions of the future—one without water, protection from the sun, or the skills needed to survive in dry climate conditions—thereby stimulating the viewer to consider the fate of our environmental climate.

Could have been avoided with preparation.
graphite pencil on paper
60 x 40 inches
2018
Building a survival kit is your best asset in an an emergency.
graphite pencil on paper
44 x 30.5 inches
2018
Panic can induce a feeling of hopelessness.
graphite pencil on paper
36 x 49 inches
2018

Plan ways to attract the attention of search and rescue teams.
graphite pencil on paper
34 x 49 inches
2018
Be prepared to adapt and improvise.
graphite pencil on paper
30 x 22 inches
2018
In the worst case, become nocturnal.
graphite pencil on paper
34 x 49 inches
2018
Her ability for rational thinking greatly diminished.
graphite pencil on paper
43.25 x 29.5 inches
2018
Then She Knew
graphite pencil on paper
14 x 11 inches
2017
Attempt to ease the discomfort of overheating.
gypsum cement and wood
5 x 2 x 1 inches
2018
Attempt to ease the discomfort of overheating. (detail)
gypsum cement and wood
5 x 2 x 1 inches (each)
2018
Don't get burned.
gypsum cement
7.5 x 13.5 x 1.5 inches
2018
Don't get burned.
gypsum cement
7.5 x 13.5 x 1.5 inches
2018
In your survival strategy, plan to make expedient tools and weapons.
gypsum cement and rubber
2 x 8.5 x 4 inches
2018
Contrary to some sources, not all cactus flesh is edible.
gypsum cement
8.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
2018
Contrary to some sources, not all cactus flesh is edible.
gypsum cement
8.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
2018