My creative work explores the hidden complexities of our natural world, with a particular dedication to marine environments. These referential, yet invented spaces often pull from ecologies that are difficult to access: I am interested in amplifying the hidden spaces beneath surfaces and/or the smallest amongst us—creating worlds that magnify this richness yet can include obfuscated danger, as well.

Much of my work over the years has concentrated on related dichotomies: beauty and threat, health and illness, and microscopic versus macroscopic perspectives. The pieces have specifically addressed environmental issues of unchecked chemical use, migration interruption, and disease.

To fuel the imagery of my most recent endeavors, I have pursued field work volunteerism to glean specific scientific method and data. Recent efforts include surveys of coral and related fish populations through the Cape Eleuthera Institute (Eleuthera, Bahamas); invertebrate collection (Nemertea) at the Friday Harbor Laboratories (San Juan Island, Washington); and coral "garden" assistance at the Gates Coral Lab (Oahu, Hawaii), where researchers are hoping to develop a "super-coral" to withstand the Age of the Anthropocene.

And while I'm an investigator at heart, who routinely and obsessively documents the natural world, my visual language relies heavily upon distortion and shifting perspectives to tell the tale. Working from underwater video footage and microscopic imaging that I acquire myself, I am interested in how these qualities of abstraction reflect our ever-evolving sense of knowledge and perception; our confusion about solutions; and the inescapable, teetering balance between the graspable and the ill-defined.

With adoration and anxiety at the root of my actions, my work has become a form of documentation of what we are losing and what we need to preserve. It has become a quiet call to action.

--Lisa Tubach