Mother Earth is inspired by the artist Alexandre Hogue, specifically his work Erosions no. 2 Mother Earth Laid Bare (1938). Hogue is especially influenced by his mother, since his father died at an early age. Because of his history, it was important that my reiteration depicted a woman. This work blends several different mediums including photography, collage, and installation. Originally, it was intended to be viewed in a life size scale. While Hogue prefers to depict the literal landscapes and personify the environment he was surrounded by, my version has the female figure representing the land. Like the land, she is helpless, which is why I chose to bind my subject. The black water is representative of pollutants. The red represents bleeding, while the symbol of the cross references the outdatedness of religion and how, more often than not, religion harms rather than helps because of its inability to adapt despite having good intentions.
Kristina Tokar, originally from South Florida, is currently a third year student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in film, video, new media, and animation. She became interested in body politics during her time at university after taking several politics classes.