Competing for Light project series
Series still in process
My work researches the curious ways that humans manipulate, understand, and deal with their world as a collective unit. A disharmony arises when the species instinctually forms colonies, but carries with them an overwhelming free will that undermines this natural urge. The species is forever burdened with unease as they struggle between the collective and individual will.
In my series “Competing for Light”, thousands of rooftops stack atop one another, desperately trying to be at the apex. In order to survive, one must cover another and block out their light. Progress of the colony can be measured in the height of the crest. Those below the surfaces are oppressed by those above, who (consequently) could not reach their height without eclipsing another.
The series gives visual form to the conundrum of needing to overshadow others to survive. Small “rooftops” are stacked on top of each other and climb vertically up the paper. The rooftops are representations of all the ways in which humans compete: status, class, race, wealth, etc. Where roofs would normally be seen spreading horizontally across a town, the two dimensional nature of printmaking forces them upwards and emphasizes the ominous behavior of the colony.