Rising High

Artist Statement

     With no yearly flood from the Mississippi River to deposit silt, a football field of land every hour is lost along the Louisiana coast to the Gulf of Mexico. More often than not the rising water is viewed from sea level, but what goes unnoticed is the beautiful yet haunting view from above, a view I am all too familiar with. With the help of my grandfather, I took to the skies by way of an airplane to capture the marsh landscape and the water encroaching on it. Canals dug by oil companies are now surrounded by a vast body of water due to the salt water intrusion they allowed to occur unhindered, harming the vegetation that protected the land they were trying to access. Levees and flood gates are the modern remedies to the age old battle of erosion. Rising High is an investigation of the ways humans and nature interact to create the landscape of modern Southern Louisiana.