Human Adaptations to Sea Level Rise

Christie Sandvik's avatar Christie Sandvik

With changing climate, melting icebergs, and a general trend of sea level rise, this set of paintings investigates possible human adaptations to sea level rise, should we need to expand human life into the sea. Differing stages of adaptation are proposed with stage three being most well adapted in the case of equal life in the sea and on land. Artist Christie Sandvik holds a Bachelors of Science in Global Environmental Science from the Univeristy of Hawai'i at Mānoa's department of Oceanography. This set reads like a scientific story of adaptation and change. Paintings start at time zero: modern day humans, which are predominantly land based, with little swimming advantage. They move through adaptive stages 1 and 2 which undergo adaptation of upper appendages. Stage 3 is development of gills. Lower appendages start to adapt in stage 4, and completely adapt by stage 5 with the development of a tail. Adaptive stage five is predominantly water based, with no land advantage.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: Flat (< 0.5 inch)
  • Medium: Acrylic, Textile
  • Width: 1.35(4.5ft)
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 2.5m (8ft)