My work explores the intricacies of our natural world, with a particular dedication to marine environments. I am fascinated with the tension between the benthic zone and the surface, a space in constant motion. I am also motivated by dichotomy—particularly macro to micro relationships, or the teetering equipoise between health and illness. 

In the spirit of the 19thc Naturalists, and such intrepid explorers as Jacques Cousteau and Sylvia Earle, my creative process has embraced the scientific notion of field work as a medium of experiential immediacy. My experience has included the participation in surveys of coral and related fish populations (Eleuthera Institute, Bahamas); invertebrate collection (Friday Harbor Labs, Washington State); and coral "garden" assistance (Gates Coral Lab, Hawaii). In July 2019, I joined a team to work on shark and manta-ray conservation around the Belize Barrier Reef; in October 2019, I documented locations of the Great Barrier Reef, off of Australia.

These opportunities not only provide me with authentic visual data, but I regard the field work as a key component to my creative practice. It is a performance of sorts: a vital ritual, to document and assess.

Most of these experiences involve work that is conducted underwater or within intertidal areas, with a water-resistant notepad and camera in hand. The subsequent labor in the studio tackles not only the science but related emotional quandaries, with images exploring the line between representation and abstraction. They are simultaneously factual and inventive, to symbolize our shifting sense of knowledge and perception—and, ultimately, our confusion about solutions.

My work is intended as a form of documentation of what we are losing and what we need to fight to preserve. They are quiet calls to action. 

--Lisa Tubach