My art practice is centered upon imagery based on the natural world, with a particular dedication to the aquatic biome. I am fascinated with the tension between the benthic zone and the surface, a space in constant motion. Documenting oceanic, intertidal, and other tributaries and their adjacent ecologies, I am interested in making connections between these divergent places.

Participating in the conservation efforts of coral reefs, sharks, and other species, my creative research has taken me to various locations in the Caribbean and the Pacific. The Atlantic Ocean is also a reoccurring location of study, as a quick drive from my home in central Virginia. The subsequent labor in the studio responds not only to the science but related emotional quandaries of an environment in peril. 

Ultimately, my pieces are a concoction of fact, memory, and invention. This blend is a statement about the ambiguity of solutions in a time of crisis: what is real, what is hoped for—how our perception is as malleable as the paths of shoaling fish in the sea.

A central component to my process is the scientific practice of field work: I seek out opportunities to assist scientists with research, to gain access to authentic visual experience and data. Equipped with a camera, my wet suit, snorkel gear and water-resistant notepad—it is important to me to acquire and then work with video that I capture myself. The field-work volunteerism has become a performative foundation to the work that is synthesized in the studio. 

Of late, I have been particularly interested in the connectivity between marine and terrestrial ecologies, as well as other dichotomies—such as such as health versus illness, macro versus micro, geological versus biological. Thinking about my compositions as stage sets, with various entities playing a role, I’m bringing creatures and environments together that may not normally exist in the same space. A large part of this intention is to emphasize the necessity of each ecosystem to the other: no one truly acts alone.

--Lisa Tubach