Climate Artists


Kapu Collective

Follow the artists of Kapu Collective as they create paintings on natural surfaces like icebergs or forest trees, and let their works melt or be washed away by natural forces to demonstrate the urgency of climate change.

AIRED: September 26, 2019 | 0:04:55

I grew up on Oahu-- the east side of Oahu-- it's called Kahaluu. And I kind of just

grew up a typical Hawaii boy. Me and my brother spent a lot of time, you know

just in the ocean surfing and kind of just soaking up everything Hawaii had to

offer even though to us it was the normal normal kind of life.

Today I'm out in the forest again. This is actually the same forest that I did

another piece in, and the other piece finally faded so I had a new idea to

kind of spin off the same perspective.

I used biodegradable chalk for this piece so it doesn't harm the environment.

I would say 80 percent of my murals that are. Especially anything done out in nature

has to be, you know, eco-friendly, biodegradable.

The whole area was devastated with wildfires and so that's what really drew me in the first time.

It must have been like five or six hours of just searching

in this area, and this spot had just opened up on the trail and just this

perfect line of trees that couldn't have fit any better and so I thought of this

perspective piece where you can only see the full image once you're in one exact spot.

In Hawaii we have another word called "kuleana" and that's kind of your

role or responsibility in society. And I always felt my kuleana was to attach

this message to my art and not just kind of express my art just with these

figures and in nature but also just, you know, have much more depth to it.

So I just got out here to the desert, drove as far out as I could with my truck and I'm

gonna try to hike the rest of the way and see what I can find to paint.

just mentally for me to have to go from the fine art world where you're taught

you know how to make everything last forever

and then to realize that it's impossible out in nature. And once I got used to the

impermanence of things I was able to actually --it almost for me, it added

another layer to the message of my murals.

So we're a couple days in on the painting. We got the sketch done and they're

starting to block in the face.

Having all the right elements in place once I finished it, and then being able to

translate it into photo and video and then know that it was only for this

brief moment that we were able to see the final piece and then it's never

gonna be the same again because it usually fades.

The always unifying inspiration that I always draw towards is I think just

always looking to find new perspectives in how my relationship is with nature.

There's so many changes happening that I need to speak on. To kind of go back to

the fine art world where I would just be creating to create because I love art it

wouldn't drive me as much because there really is no urgency to create art for

me personally, and I think it's all about just kind of finding what else I'm

passionate about and having a voice.

for my generation the generations to come, it's gonna be the most impactful

thing that will influence every life. It's just urgent in my head because

there's no greater issue to speak on.

People just find their own relationship to nature changes slightly.

And that's what I will always hope for --a kind of overlying message

of just --again-- just just this kuleana, this responsibility

to do our part in society. That could be just the one message in

all my murals that people would take away I think I'm always striving for

that same unity.


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