Future Fish by Don Cooper, 2016, digital illustration
As an interdisciplinary artist, my work has evolved over time. The majority of my work focuses on the
environment, nature or natural elements in the environment. My work also explores connections;
connections between the natural world and the human body, connections in the environment and the human-to-human
connection through the use of various technologies. Through this exploration, much of my work takes aspects
of nature, science, or society that might typically be unseen by the human eye and brings these aspects into
the normal visual plane.
"PerchBerry" captures unique aspects of the natural world that also happen to be what sustains us, our food. By seeing these aspects in a new way and with a different perspective, new connections can be made and an enhanced appreciation or awareness can be achieved.
Roast Beef Dinner by Don Cooper, 2016, digital illustration
Future Fish: We now have the technology to modify the genetic characteristics of the fish we eat. Wild fish will be a decreasing food resource in the near future because of long term over-fishing. Many aquaculturists suggest modifying the DNA of fish to increase production. As a GMO, will our future fish have the same characteristics as today's fish? or will they generate unintended ecosystem problems? My image shows a non-human, robotic source transferring DNA into a fish. Is this what we want?
Roast Beef Dinner: When we sit down for a dinner, enjoying time with family and friends, little thought is given to what animals have suffered when we choose eating meat. Perhaps after viewing this image, someone might. A living mammal has a brain remarkably similar to our own, and experiences emotions as we do. What would a cow feel sitting on your dinning table with a huge heat source roasting it?