Flood State

photogravure 2016-18

In 2016 two major floods affected vast portions of Louisiana, inspiring this 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 each year. With each new storm that blows this way I fear mother nature is warning us to get out while we still can. I consider heading for higher ground. Yet the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is predicted to increase globally in the coming years, begging the question: Is any place truly safe?

And so I imagine a future where we adjust and adapt to survive in a floating world. These liquid landscapes feature pods to keep us safe as water rises, tree house colonies in case it doesn’t recede, and human transmutations who evolve with lobster limbs to better navigate the submerged universe. In this brave new water-world, the skies may be dark and stormy, but fear is tempered by hope.

photogravure on Japaneze Kozo paper, 6x12"