Invasive species are an introduced species that overwhelms and overpopulates an ecosystem that it does not naturally occur. The species I focus on in this series are invasive species in Florida and are harmful to the ecosystems they invade.
Through reused and recycled objects such as chicken wire, cardboard, paper, plastic, and leftover paint, these pieces call attention to the detrimental influences of the organisms that are brought in from outside influence. Invasive species are a strain on ecosystems just as our culture of one-time-use items are a burden on the planet.
Focus Exhibition, University of Florida.
Blunder the Hunt (not pictured)
Python in Sight (bottom left)
Framed Invasives (top middle)
Insect Collection (bottom right)
Cardboard, paper, wire, PVC, paint.
Lionfish are an invasive species in Florida oceans and are harmful to the ecosystem because of their tendencies to devour native reef species. Divers are encouraged to hunt Lionfish through spearfishing, a method of fishing that impales the fish with a pointed edge mounted on a pole.
Cardboard, paper, plastic bags, bubble wrap, paint.
Burmese Pythons are an invasive species in South Florida introduced through the exotic pet trade, and are harmful to the ecosystem because the reptile carnivorously devour native mammalian species.
Cardboard, watercolor paper, plastic, paper, aluminum.
These invasive plant species were introduced to Florida at various times for landscaping but quickly spread to be unmanageable. Similarly, waste such as plastic bottles, straws, and soda can are also featured and categorized as invasive species.
Cardboard, Polymer clay, Styrofoam, plastic
On a pedestal, two shadow boxes display various insects. One box has rare and endangered butterflies native to Florida. The other box has invasive insects of Florida, which harm the ecosystems that allow native insects (and butterflies) to survive.