Alternative Facts: Photography by Any Means
Artist Statement, 2021
Eggs (Ova) are at the heart of re-populating ocean ecosystems locked in a centuries-long struggle with rising temperatures, acidification, habitat degradation, over-harvesting, military operations and eutrophication. As a marine biologist, the artist elected to depart from the demanding field of documentary scientific photography and move into metaphorical representations of the ocean realm. These new visions– “alternative facts” if you will – begin by drawing attention to the monumental disasters occurring within our oceans. The artist’s first series of visual metaphors, from which this image was selected, suggests the needs and the difficulties of re-populating our damaged seas. The artist hopes these images will touch the hearts of people in positions to help ocean recovery efforts.
This image is based on the artist’s 2019 photograph of a Queen Angelfish taken in Cozumel, Mexico in 60 feet of water using an Olympus OM-D with a 12-42mm lens and a Sea and Sea strobe. The emblematic Queen Angelfish is one of the most beloved and flamboyant creatures living on Caribbean reefs.
On display March 1 – April 12, 2021 at the PACE Center Art Gallery: