Anthropocene; The Present I
By Desirée Patterson
Each composition of Anthropocene; The Present I, was created to reveal the destructive presence of humans, suggesting the disappearance and decay of the natural world. The artist’s process for this series consisted of digital image capture of industrialized landscapes, which she photographed both locally and globally, followed by the meticulous digital manipulation of form, shape, and orientation. The focal points within each artwork portray the potentially cataclysmic modern world, from the urbanization of our species and the rise of fossil fuels to industrialization, consumerism, deforestation, and energy consumption.
These circular configurations spiral into themselves, symbolizing introspection and the infinite cycle of creation and destruction. Although the earth has witnessed geological rebirths, it has never been faced with this type of crisis. Our species alone is responsible for the ominous changes that we have inflicted upon our planet, and as highly conscious beings, we are unique in our awareness of our own culpability. This series aspires to incite each individual to action in the shaping of our collective future by way of influencing awareness and sharing solutions.