The painting is a meditation on desertification as an environmental force influencing the displacement of human and wild life.
The South Aral Sea in Uzbekistan has been diminishing since mid-20th century, resulting in increased child mortality, maternity deaths, and life expectancy. The salination of soils has made them unsustainable for growing food, and the fish population has declined to zero.*
A mixed media painting, it consists of acrylic paint, crackle paste, paper, fabric, old wallpaper, maps, sand and gravel, rock salt, hydrocal, paper towels, acrylic medium, iron oxide, lava medium.
*Columbia Univ., The Aral Sea Crisis