By Our Own Hands

This series is dedicated to exploring the Anthropocene era, which is the new geological era in which we find ourselves. Each mosaic tackles one characteristic of this new epoch. The series is complementary to, and in fact encompasses, my climate change series (Fiddling While Rome Burns), as climate change is one of the hallmarks of this new age. I invite you to explore the series by clicking on the images below, and encourage you to read the associated blog posts to learn more about each piece and its message.

  • Beyond Oceans

    Materials: Stained glass, smalti, plastic cutlery, shale, limestone, Eramosa marble, mudstone Size: 12″w x 10″h x 2″d Year: 2018 A mosaic about how microplastics aren’t just an oceans issue. Read the full explanation here.

  • By The Time We Realized…

    Materials: Concrete, plastic cutlery, aluminum (Coke can) Size: 12.5″h x 10″w Year: 2018 A spin-off from my inaugural mosaic in my Anthropocene series, this piece is a letter written to future generations in some of the most prevalent materials of our time: concrete, plastic, and aluminum. Read the full explanation here.

  • For Berta (They Fear Us Because We Are Fearless)

    Materials: Shell casings, shale, smalti, stained glass Size: 16″w x 16″h x 3″d Year: 2019 A mosaic about the killing of environmental defenders like Berta Cáceres. Read the full explanation here.

  • In The Belly Of The Whale

    Materials: Plastic Size: 30″w x 24″h x 1″d Year: 2019 A mosaic about ocean microplastics. Read the full explanation here.

  • In The Red

    Materials: Ceramic loon, concrete, thinset tesserae, degraded shells, ceramic (broken oil bottle) Size: 22″w x 23″h x 1″d Year: 2019 A mosaic about the sixth mass extinction now underway. Read the full explanation here.

  • Surprise Is The New Normal

    Materials: Marble, smalti, glass, shell, coral, quartz, desert rose, apophyllite, sea spines, porcupine quills, wire, earphones, USB cable, styrofoam, various plastic, rubber bands, knob and tube, lightbulb, harp string ends Size: 13.5″w x 19.5″h x 3.5″d Year: 2018 A mosaic about how the Anthropocene has all sorts of surprises in store for us as the […]

  • The Three Horsemen

    Materials: Slag, lightbulb innards, shale, mortar tesserae, cement, marble, knob and tube, earphones, red dog, limestone, brick, architectural glass, ceramic, smalti, circuit board, resistors, coal, hard rubber, gears Size: 22″ diameter (approx.) Year: 2018 A mosaic that explores the driving forces behind the Anthropocene, namely technological change, population growth, and resource consumption. Read the full […]

  • Then They Took The Mountains

    Materials: Smalti, marble, sandstone, limestone, shale, schist, calcite, petrified wood Size: 22″w x 23″h x 3″d Year: 2019 A mosaic about the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining. Read the full explanation here.

  • mosaic detail of anthropocene using red dog, coal, ceramic, and plastic

    We Were Here Now

    Materials: Plastic, metal, concrete, mortar, ceramic, coal, red dog, limestone, shale Size: 22.5″h x 16″w Year: 2018 The first mosaic in my Anthropocene series, “By Our Own Hands,” this piece explores the dizzying pace and scale at which we are producing plastic, concrete, and aluminum, to the point where they are defining characteristics of the […]

  • Work Less To Live Better

    Materials: Marble, limestone, gold smalti Size: 8.5″w x 11″h x 0.25″d (x 4) Year: 2019 A mosaic about how working less is better for you, the environment, and your community. Read the full explanation here.

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