The game Jenga begins with a tower of blocks. Players take turns carefully removing one block at a time placing it on top of the tower, adding to its instability. As the game goes on the tower inevitably crashes. I’ve created fantasy worlds where life exists in harmony and balance by layering dyes, botanical materials and insects on sheets of glass separated by Jenga blocks. The precarious structure belies the images created. Nature today is in a fragile state. It’s not hard to imagine our world crashing down like the game of Jenga as the supports necessary to sustain us are removed one by one.
I started this project because my interest in my garden and in the nature that surrounds me. Over the years I’ve noticed a decrease in the insect population and started reading about their decline due to habitat changes, pesticides, deforestation and global warming. Moths, butterflies, and bees are particularly in decline and since seventy five percent of the world’s food crops rely on pollinators we are dependent on their survival. All the insects used in creating my images were either found or purchased from a company that claims the specimens for sale were farm raised and died of natural causes.