This body of work explores, tectonic shift, lava flow, creation, and life through visual language, based on local Hawaiian belief structures.
Madame Pele (pronounced Peh-Leh) is the goddess of volcanoes and fire, creator of the Hawaiian Islands; she is the force behind Hawaii’s volcanoes eruptions, with each offering the prospect of a new land. The initial impression of a volcano’s eruption is often that of a natural destructive act; however, citizens of Hawaii see these events as symbolic for purge, which suggests a cleaning and purifying process rather than a violent destruction.
Experiencing the Hawaiian landscape and listening to local myths helped me develop this new body of work based on the idea of creation through destruction, a concept I continuously use in my artwork. During my time in Hawaii in 2018, the Kilauea volcano was actively erupting, destroying entire homes and neighborhoods; the locals, rather than seeing the damage as disarray, observed the events as an awe-inspiring process of destruction and creation in all its stunning beauty, for Madame Pele was creating new land.
This body of work was created at Double Dog Dare Studio, an artist residency and monotype studio located on the Island of Kauai