Desirée Patterson is an artist and activist aware of the harsh realities the Earth is going through. Amid dire predictions and global disasters, the artist seeks the beauty and grace of the world we live in and spurs collective action.
Her key themes thus include sustainability, environmental issues, social justice, and humanity's dystopian relationship with nature, as in the Anthropocene series; The Present I (2019) which, inspired by the geological time period in which humans have had a major impact on the Earth with the increased use of fossil fuels as an energy source, the industrialization of agriculture, urbanization and finally globalization, the artist depicts industrialized scenes with a highly destructive human presence, foreshadowing the disappearance and decline of the natural world.
Another example is the series Anomaly (2020), which blends glacial photographs with double layers of color, creating warm and cold binary images that highlight both the fragility of Nepal's ice caps and the impending climate crisis coming to the region - the reddish hue present in one-third of each landscape illustrates the extent of glacial loss over the next century -.
Patterson has also done and does public art projects for the city of Richmond such as the BC Children's Hospital where she created five murals for the new Acute Care Centre depicting local flora and fauna to playfully explore the ecology of British Columbia.
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