Artwork > Un(natural)

graphite on paper
30 x 22 inches

As a visual artist, I investigate the relationship between place and identity through drawing. Having moved around the country, I recognize the impact on my identity as a result of shifting location. My recent body of work, (Un)natural, depicts my personal encounters with extreme winter conditions in the Midwest. In 2019, I experienced an arctic blast from the polar vortex spreading a chill reaching -30° Fahrenheit throughout Wisconsin. By depicting the effects of survival in extreme cold weather conditions—finding one’s own food, coveting warmth to avoid frostbite, and the inability to mobilize due to high snow levels—I show the viewer that climate change is creating havoc with people’s lives, and recent weather events are a prelude of what is to come.