Gradual Destruction is a response to the environmental changes currently happening on the coast of California. Due to damming of rivers and over development of coastal communities the shoreline is disappearing. Cities rush to find temporary alternatives to keep their sandy beaches alive but in the end the ocean is in control. With this body of work I do not claim to have the answers to the questions I allude to but instead aim to engender a response, provoke thought or reflection about the current state of our planet. I use direct experience and observations in my work as examples of the ephemeral natural world while intersecting the use of technology as a tool that supports my ideas. The use of a microscope in my work is an apparatus like a camera that allows for microscopic observations of our planet that may otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. How can the tools of science enhance our ability as artists to look closer while considering our relationship to the invisible or unrecognized. My interest in Geology is rooted in its language that gives deffiniton and identity to the landscapes we live and pass through. What can Geology teach us about the earths history and how can the eons of geological time help us reconsider our role in this history? Can these geologic stories of transformation connect us to our own relationship with the land? Considering humanities recent entrance into the Anthropocene I realize that some of my work may act as a memorial for a time passed or as an archive documenting a place that may no longer exist.
This installation was made up of 256 feet of screen printed wallpaper, handmade sand paper and 3 video projections. The projections were filmed through a drone, microscope and GoPro camera. Barrios 2018
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