At 10 years old I had to privilege of visiting Puerto Rico for the first time and taking a hike through one of its many beautiful rainforests with my family. I experienced nature and infrastructure coexisting for the first time. In 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, devastating the island and plunging all of its 3.4 million residents into a desperate humanitarian crisis. My painting takes a multimedia approach to express the reality occurring in the Puerto Rico. News paper clippings hint at the utter disregard of the United States government at the time and overall how the issue isn’t a natural disaster that happened over boarders and merely requires “thoughts and prayers”. Through human centered design My hope is that you as a viewer can acknowledge your privileges and empathize with a situation that could be brought upon anyone now more than ever due to climate change and rather than make it a “them” problem, transform it into a human experience problem.
My family and I tried dinner at Pizza Karma and in receiving our food found that it was served on a lovely bamboo platter. Well... turns out that after every customer the platter is thrown out, so we smuggled a couple out the door. This Bob-Ross-Styled painting bears no deeper meaning yet ...