The Island of Hawaii has one of the most diverse collections of landscapes of any place on earth, from tropical rainforest to semi-arid desert and alpine snowcapped mountains. The Big Island, as it is called, makes up more than 60% of the landmass of the state while being home to only 15% of its population. While beautiful, the island can give the impression of being a wild, rugged, and sometimes a little run down kind of place. It has been inhabited for more a thousand years and was the seat of the Kingdom of Hawaii before being annexed to the United States in the 19th century.
My work is a series of abstract geometric prints that examine the diverse and beautiful landscapes of the island while trying to avoid being overly romantic about a location that is easy to romanticize. By abstracting the landscapes I am trying to remove the viewer from thinking only about the attractiveness of the landscape itself, and hope to open up the viewer to other interpretations of the landscape beyond its direct alluring quality.