Acrylic, Wax, Crystals, Glass, Sand, Rocks, Wire, Salt
and other mixed media work currently developing in my studio in Lome, Togo
ON-GOING WILD EXTINCTION
2014 - on going series
Markers and ink on paper
8" x 12"' inches
Wax, Crystals, Glass, Sand, Rocks, Wire, Salt
3.5" x 7 7/8" x 12.6 " inches (9 x 20 x 32 cm)
What do you want?
Oil on wood
4' x 4' feet (120 x 120 cm)
Oil on wood
6' 8" x 3´ inches (203 x 92 cm)
What is Power?
Is money power? Is time power? Is energy power? Is connection power?
In today´s world we are surrounded by portable electronics. Lithium is a rare metal used in smart phones, electric car batteries, and many other technologies. Lithium could become the key material in the green revolution of storage energy.
As electric cars become mass-produced, and solar panels become more standard, an expected demand on lithium puts Bolivia on the eyes of the world. Bolivia stores about 70% of the world´s lithium reserves in the Uyuni Salar, the largest salt flat in the world.
Lithium deposits are a permanent reserve of the state. A stake that is a potentially significant source of wealth and an alternative development model that, if successful, could bring substantial benefits to Bolivia’s impoverished population. President Evo Morales has called lithium the ¨hope of humanity¨.
I visited Uyuni in 2009, and learned about this project while spending a few nights exploring and talking with locals. Hearing their dreams, hopes, and worries touch me and after some research I created this piece.
Today, this plan still looks as promising as projected. However, the overall ecological and public health impact of lithium mining, and ion batteries remains somewhat unclear, as so does the promise of a better future for Bolivia’s poorest population. Bolivia has a current literacy of 86.7 percent and infant mortality rate of 49.1 per 1,00 births.