- Hope Spots
Bringing into view our oceans' most vital ecosystems
- As her 2009 TedPrize wish, Dr. Sylvia Earle – National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Time Magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet” – stated, “I wish you would use all means at your disposal to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”
I have admired Dr. Earle’s work since my first marine biology class with instructor Rob Spivack at San Francisco University High School in 2002. As an artist with a background in marine conservation biology, I believe that art has the unique ability to bring marine conservation issues to the surface and into our awareness. Hope Spots is a series of 18 vignettes – each a sculptural representation of one of the most vital marine ecosystems on earth as identified by Dr. Earle.
Each of these 18 pieces represents a Hope Spot in its most ideal form – vibrant and healthy and thriving and protected from the barrage of threats that each faces – namely climate change, overfishing, and pollution. It is my hope that by considering the essence of each of these wildly different ecosystems together in a single gallery space, Hope Spots will inspire in us a sense of wonder and a wish to conserve. Thinking of each of these undersea ecosystems in its most pristine state may help us appreciate its fragile beauty and its unique importance to the health and future of our “Planet Ocean."
- This e-gallery accompanied the live exhibition of 'Hope Spots' at the Jackson Street Gallery within San Francisco University High School from February 3 – April 6, 2012.One third of the proceeds from the sale of this work benefits Mission Blue's Hope Spots initiative. Please feel free to message me for the price list and availability.
- Special thanks to my former ceramics instructor and long-time mentor Matthew Scheatzle for curating this exhibit!