Flood State

photogravure 2016-2020

In 2016 two major floods affected vast portions of Louisiana, inspiring this ongoing series about weather anxieties and the precarious act of making a home on vulnerable land. The widespread devastation left me once again questioning the long-term viability of living in a place where we are at constant risk of being inundated from above and below.

In Louisiana, heavy rains can drown thousands of homes without warning. We are facing one of the highest rates of sea level rise in the world, compounded by the loss of 10,000 acres of coastal land every year. With each new storm that blows this way, I consider heading for higher ground. Yet the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is increasing globally, begging the question: Is any place truly safe?

And so I imagine a future where we adjust and adapt to survive the rising tides. In this brave new water-world, the skies may be dark and stormy, but fear is tempered by hope.