Drought is one of the costliest of climate hazards and has impacted the United States on many occasions. Through scenes of social landscape, this project interprets climate data from agencies such as NOAA, Climate.gov, and NIDIS to strengthen dialogue, information, and supportive action needed for significant changes in resource management.
2013: This project was initiated as a pre-requesite for a Fulbright application which focused on the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef for coal expansion... Fresh out of school and looking for a project addressing social and environmental issues... trying to make work that was beautiful and served purpose rather than just for a gallery wall or for a exploitative corporation... Soon enough, I began working with climate scientists at the NOAA and Climate.gov and the drought project began. Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma at first.
2014: At this point, the work began to gain enough traction that the NOAA decided to collaborate on a project in northern California where they needed photographs for their NIDIS (National Integrated Drought Monitoring System) newsletters that went out to universities and climate scientists. This part of the project introduced me to California's water and fire system.
2015: December, NIDIS led me again to northern California for before and after El Nino.
2016: I was accepted into the "Water Rights" residency program at the Santa Fe Art Institute where I finalized the work into a cohesive edit.