FOOTPRINTS refer both to the impressions made over time by movement of the earth's tectonic plates and to the intrusion by humans that have further altered and shaped our evolving planet. I am looking at our climate both physical and social, the environment in which we live.
Hidden behind these modified digital prints, are maps made by geologist Marie Tharp of the ocean floor of the Atlantic. They are modified by me on my computer in Photoshop and by hand, drawing with graphite, paint, and pastel. Through the layers, one can catch glimpses of the maps below. Although these maps are beautiful in and of themselves, they are evocative. The maps have allowed me to imagine what is happening or has taken place in the terrain below and the sea above. Looking at the seas in the context of human-induced climate change, I refer to the effects of warming waters and increased levels of methane that pose a great danger.
In other images, I am considering sea migration and what is called, ‘the middle passage’ : the forced transport of human beings, as cargo, from Africa to North and South America through the 19th century. The effects of this shameful history -- of the enslaved and the enslavers -- are still with us and poison our social climate.