jennifer downey
HuntersBreaking the SurfacePrimordial FlightConnected by a RiverLife CycleShifting TerritoriesA Deep StillnessOver/UnderIn an Instant
A few years ago, I began investigating the ways we humans physically alter the land, and was amazed to learn how much humans have, since ancient times, altered rivers and waterways. My work focuses on the redirecting, diverting, and damming of rivers in California (and the western U.S.), the affected areas of the TVA project, and the Brazilian Amazon. I approached the creation of this series with the question, "What happens to a river's ecosystem and its species when you dam a river?" These paintings feature those species affected by the “development” of rivers.