recycled paper collage, flower of life pattern from 3dprinted stencil, pen and ink, coffee stains, on recycled filter paper
Bermuda Complex, 52*52cm, 2020

The natural Ecosystem has it that every ending brings forth a beginning, and vice versa. This goes on and on, creating cycles that birth new forms ensuring infinite continuity.

 

Multiverse | 40cm diameter

Through such cycles, we, the Human species came to be, our role being to keep the ecosystem balanced through the cycles of energy we create and propagate.

Human activities have increasingly led to an imbalance in the ecosystem.

These include : deforestation, emission of vehicle exhaust fumes , damping of non-biodegradable waste on the ground and in waterbodies, exhaust from factories and industries, agricultural activities that involve use of chemicals such as insecticides and pesticides, among other activities.

This has led to damaging the Earth’s Ozone Layer leading to Global warming.

The fact that the ecosystem’s components are linked has a crucial ramification: disturbance to one component leaves an impact on all other components of the ecosystem to varying degrees.

this is an artwork made out of recycled paper collage, ink, writings on waste filter paper.

As a result, we are plagued with the burden of disease affecting not only us, but also other animals, plants and microorganisms.

 

And now the challenge is for us to try and bring balance back  into the ecosystem by the energy cycles we generate.

Check out the Techniques and Processes used to create this body of artworks.

I also did a detailed Video Presentation of the series recently, including the creation process of ‘Multiverse’.

Circular pieces :

40cm diameter (Unframed)

 

Rectangular pieces :

38*42cm (Unframed)

MYSTIC | 49*53cm

The Flower of Life Series aims to show the temporal ,yet continuous nature of life; and our contribution as a species to this energy.

How do our activities impact the ecosystem?

How do we do away with our need for Consumerism?

How do we create a better planet for the coming generations and life-forms?

 

Naitiemu posing with her artwork during NDW2020 exhibition

I exhibited some of these pieces during Nairobi Design Week 2020 under the Yrimu Collection, March 8th-14th. Watch the full video which features my art works (min 0.56-1.04) and performance art piece (min 1.51-2.20).

DISSIPATION | 40cm diameter 

Dissipation is irreversible and it involves a transformation of energy (internal, bulk flow kinetic, or system potential) from an initial form to a final form whose mechanical work capacity is less. This process produces entropy at a finite rate.

Likewise, we tend to spend a lot of our energy in building a reputation that others can accept.

We accumulate material goals that serve to feed our egos. We often feel good when we share our hard-earned achievements to others, enabled especially by social media platforms, as shown by the collaged cutouts of social media icons.

We dissipate all this energy as we struggle to belong; but are eventually left without the most important aspects that make us different and unique.

Question is :

What are we actually chasing?

The background is a collage of graph paper cut-outs, layered in such a way that they form an infinite pattern, showing how endless this cycle is.

SPACED | 40cm dia

The second law of thermodynamics states that the total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time, and is constant if and only if all processes are reversible.

Assuming the Universe is a closed system, entropy within it will only increase. This means that she can only evolve towards greater disorder.

So how do we find order in chaos?

I used pen writings & patterns, ink sprinkles, and a collage of graph paper & magazine cutouts to create this composition. I am a Civil Engineering graduate, and I recall how necessary the graph paper was as a tool in statistics and scientific experiments for precise drawings, and as a visual analysis of collected data. The orderly squares condense knowledge into simple neatly summarised information; a contrast to our daily chaotic lives.

 

HABITUAL FALLACY | 40cm dia

Consumerism encourages an acquisition of goods and services in ever-increasing amounts. This promotes a lifestyle of excessive materialism that revolves around reflexive, wasteful, or conspicuous overconsumption; leading to social, environmental, and psychological degradation.

‘Habitual Fallacy’ aims to question our incessant accumulation of material objects. This is presented metaphorically by portraying a scene from the Genesis creation narrative in the ‘Garden of Eden’; with Eve being tempted by the serpent to have a bite of the forbidden fruit. She is standing in a bush made out of a collage of magazine cut-outs of vegetation, and modern consumer objects such as lipsticks, expensive perfumes, handbags et cetera, from famous brands like Versace and L’Oreal…. the bush is growing so much that she seems lost in it. Yet, there is the temptation to add just one more.

When do we ever get enough of these material goods?

HOMO DEUS | 49*53cm