by Ariadna Zierold
Artist Javier Rocabado has been working on this series for the last year and a half “Nature for Sale”. Often times he combines themes into installations that feature real US currency alongside human figures or icons and real objects. These icons are then embellished with 22 k Gold Leaf halos, cultured pearls, semi-precious stones, 18k gold and silver jewelry, the vials of used injectable HIV medications filled with holy water or olive oils.
“Through this new series of works, I want to point out the ridiculous concept of “Economics is First”, a universally accepted axiom under Capitalism. I strive to create images (in this case animals) that allow the viewers to experience the false pride in a civilization that conquers nature in order to profit from it. I Use imagery of animals in sorrow as a metaphor of the economic system founded on fossil fuel and on the plunder of resources under Capitalism’s unlimited pursuit of perpetual growth. A growth which in order to be maintained requires the exploitation of the most of the world’s peoples and natural resources.
When looking at nature, one can’t help but see its destruction at the hands of humans. Our planet’s ecological balance has been severely compromised. Phenomena such as global warming and the deterioration of the ozone layer has effected the health of the planet. Oil spills in the Amazon in Ecuador by Chevron, or by British Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico or many other disasters caused by corporations and their greed of money and total disdain for our environment.
I employ visual language to address these issues with the goal of awakening interest and inspiring viewers to action.” Javier Rocabado
All images via the artist.