The sin of gluttony is represented here in the overconsumption of food. Humans are the only animals that gather more food than is necessary for survival, and are then wasteful of that food. Genetically modified fish, and the evolution of fish farming, are a prime example of this. We are creating and raising mass amounts of animals in small, unnatural, and unhealthy spaces for the purpose of enabling overconsumption through the food industries. They harbor diseases, equipment and pollution is left behind (represented here by the hooks,) and production as well as the byproduct is unsustainable for the environment. Digital Print on Canvas; wood and resin frame; 36.5 x 20 x 5 inches. 2017.
The sin of lust can lead to rape. Shown here is how people have raped the Earth’s land by clear cutting and deforestation. The rainforest is being destroyed at the outrageous rate of 150 acres every minute. Trees and plants are the lungs of the Earth, and yet we are destroying what gives us the air we breathe in order to fulfill our lust for money. This not only eliminates the vegetation but kills other living beings like orangutans, squirrels, and tree dwellers, and upsets the entire ecosystem. The damage doesn’t stop with the organisms of the forests. Uprooting causes landslides and mudslides which changes the entire dynamic of the land and can be life threatening to humankind too. The log in this depiction represents turning nature’s resources into the money for which we lust, and Mother Nature has a black eye to represent the struggle she goes through as we continue to rape her land for these resources despite the consequences. Digital Print on Canvas; wood and resin frame; 36.5 x 20 x 5 inches. 2017.
One of the many ways in which humans commit the sin of greed is the the production of wind farms. Wind farms are built in areas with high wind, which are also known to be areas that birds utilize for flying through and often focus on the ground looking for food. Thus the birds end up being killed. In fact, we don’t even have an accurate idea of just how many are killed, because predators like coyotes will clean up many found on the ground. This again leaves the ecosystem unbalanced. Additionally, there are studies now showing that bats are also being killed in these areas as the farms take from the air and they suffocate. The more energy we use, the more we want, and with the progression of the electronic age human greed for energy is being disregarded. We are producing energy at the price of nature. Digital Print on Canvas; wood and resin frame; 36.5 x 20 x 5 inches. 2017.
People are inevitably envious of each other, wanting bigger houses, fancier cars, and more stuff. The sin of envy is represented here by the use of fossil fuels to produce bigger and better, so that we might keep up with wanting the next best of what each other has. The consumerism that results from this desire to have the best of the best means consuming at an exponential rate that is using up fossil fuels. Petroleum, for example, is in everything, and petroleum comes from oil. Fossils are destroyed to create the oil. To make things worse, not only is that oil unsustainable, but the oil industry has monopolized much of our lives and can do whatever they like. They build pipelines which impact water supplies, and cause oil spills that wipe out entire habitats. Personal envy has taken priority over caring for our planet. Digital Print on Canvas; wood and resin frame; 36.5 x 20 x 5 inches. 2017.
A huge step forward in civilization and technology was the creation of plastic in 1907. This was something to be very proud of as humankind, therefore, symbolizing the sin of pride here is a plastic bottle. Our invention may have been life changing in technology, efficiency, and affordability, but in 110 years we have managed to overuse plastic in ways that have gotten into our bloodstreams and bodies. Coca Cola created the red plastic bottle cap which is made from polypropylene, which cannot be recycled because of its melting point. Despite the knowledge of the resulting damage, Coca Cola refused to stop use of these caps because it was their signature item. This is just one example of putting corporate profit before the environment. It has polluted the earth and the the oceans, and our bodies. We are essentially proud of poisoning ourselves. Digital Print on Canvas; wood and resin frame; 36.5 x 20 x 5 inches. 2017.
Divine retribution is supernatural punishment by deity in response to some action. The sin of wrath can be seen in the production of genetically modified food. When humans discovered agriculture, we began to destroy the land as we sucked nutrients from the Earth. In response, mother nature brought the dust bowl upon us and was unable to provide the food we needed. Being the sinful creatures that we are, we took food creation into our own hands, as if to say, “How dare you not feed us, watch us pump chemicals into you and feed ourselves!” We chose to play God, and bring our wrath upon the Earth. However, with an ever expanding population, continuing to feed ourselves with genetically modified “food” has meant more herbicides and pesticides. These are now killing bees, butterflies, and other insects. If we kill the pollinators who help us make food, we won’t have food. And if what we are injecting into our food is killing other creatures, it is also likely killing us as we ingest it. Our desire to feed the world in objectionable ways has lead to actually killing the world instead. Digital Print on Canvas; wood and resin frame; 36.5 x 20 x 5 inches. 2017.
Vanity was the 8th sin that was eliminated in 590 A.D. However, vanity surrounds us today; it may be the biggest sin of all. Our society has become focused on how we look, how we represent ourselves on social media, judgement of someone who looks what we consider to be “wrong.” So look in the mirror. It is one of a kind, just like you. Look deep into your own eyes and embrace your differences, along with everyone else’s. Digital Print on Canvas; wood and resin frame; 36.5 x 20 x 5 inches. 2017.
The infant here represents the birth of electronics. Humans have created technology that has caused the sin of sloth at an unstoppable rate as it has made the world lazy. We have stopped learning to do things ourselves, stopped going outside, and become addicted to screens. It has wiped out jobs, and we now need to be producing more food to feed the people who don’t have jobs. Everything has because automated, leaving less and less interaction between people. The further electronics progress, the further we commit the sin of sloth, and future generations will be paying the price. Digital Print on Canvas; wood and resin frame; 36.5 x 20 x 5 inches. 2017.