These works came about as a result of a personal study into the environmental issues our world is facing. As a result I started to look at societies of the past that had disappeared as a result of exhausting their environmental resources. For those who are interested the books I was reading at the time were "An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore and "Collapse" By Jared Diamond.
About this time there were protesters dressed in black protesting against globalization and it's detriment to human existence. To me there seemed to be a connection between them and the environmental issues I was interested in. As a result I wanted to find out more about what globalization was and what I found really surprised me.
Globalization is the movement of four different forms of capital around the world; Power, Financial, Human and Resource. In the end I realized that we as individuals, consumers and global citizens ultimately control the flow of these forms of capital. The so called bad guys, multinational companies ultimately exist by giving us something that we want. Instead of globalization being bad for human kind, with the right consumer ethics, globalization will be what helps humankind to survive.
I used old school maps with water drop like ripples radiating out from the central locations of old civilizations of the past. The base maps are the locations of the great civilizations and empires of the past to the present day. I used washes of black to echo the black boards that were apart of my school days as education and understanding of globalization is the key to consumers making the right decisions for our future. I then draw in with white chalk pastel information that represents what globalization and it's forms of capital are.
As the works developed the main visual element took on the structure of a carbon atom, the basic building block of life on planet earth.
The works are intended to be exhibited as a group, with "Globalization" outlining how the four forms of capital fit together and the other four works outlining what makes up the four different forms of capital.